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WHEREAS: Poems | Layli Long Soldier
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The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Dont worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Din, her fathers language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. from WHEREAS Statements WHEREAS confronts the coercive language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribes, and reflects that language in its officiousness and duplicity back on its perpetrators. Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. I am, she writes, a citizen of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, meaning I am a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nationand in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live. This strident, plaintive book introduces a major new voice in contemporary literature.
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Thndrstd
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Soldier's poems often focus on language, whether the words of her Oglala Lakota tribal language or the language of the law, particularly the treaties between Congress and the American Indian tribes (this is where the title of the collection comes from). In analyzing the words we use she challenges her own perceptions and what it means to be both a citizen of the United States as well as a citizen of her tribe.

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KatieDid927
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Incredible and essential.

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sakeriver
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I‘m not sure I‘m smart enough to have understood everything in this book but I think what it is mainly about is language, and especially how language is a form of control. And it seems to me that the book is not so much a thing as an action (interestingly, language always used to be understood as an action) and in how it stretches language and appropriates government speech, it‘s an act of power. At least, that‘s how it seems to me.

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dawn-pInk
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Brilliant and beautiful. The poetry spirals in to specifics and out to broad concepts, encompasses past and present, and never lags. A poetry collection worth owning. 5 out of 5 on GR.

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dawn-pInk
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Picked this up from The Portland Book festival.

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Books that unpack the idea of “otherness.” 🦋 Tap the link to see why these books were chosen by PEN America for the #PENOutLoud series on Mar 1 with Layli Long Soldier & Claudia Rankine! •• https://www.strandbooks.com/strand-blog#/entry/entry06-unpack...

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strandbookstore
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Indigenous women writers up on our blog! ✨


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tournevis 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 10mo
Emilymdxn This is amazing! 10mo
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ju.ca.no
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Blanket, tea & poetry - what better way to end a Sunday💕

ephemeralwaltz The best! 11mo
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2BR02B
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Two more Native authors from my TBR- a collection of poetry and a memoir, both recommended to me by Tommy Orange.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay

vivastory If you haven't read it, I highly recommend 13mo
Redwritinghood These are both really good. Hope you enjoy them. 13mo
2BR02B @vivastory that sounds fantastic! Stacking. 13mo
vivastory It's one of my favorite poetry collections of the post few years. 13mo
TieDyeDude Heart Berries blew me away! 13mo
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Poetry is magnificent sometimes. #readingwomenchallenge #differentmuscles

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Bertha_Mason
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-"Steady Summer"

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Bertha_Mason
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-"Vaporative"

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AlizaApp
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Really beautiful poems about the Native experience, US government hypocrisy, and survival. All were good, but the “Whereas” statements floored me.

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unabridgedchick
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For my #fridayreads and #weekendreads, I'm starting this volume of poetry and returning to Middlemarch. What are you reading this weekend?

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daena
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Morning read. Enjoying the last few weeks of break before summer classes begin. #mlis #gradschool #archives

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actuallyalison
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This is how we learn history.

Long Soldier objectifies grammar to allow the reader to understand the things they never knew before.

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thereadingwomen
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✨Ep. 42 has arrived!✨ ⠀
We're talking about INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai and WHEREAS by Layli Longsoldier. Head over to your favorite podcatcher to listen to our discussion episode for #NationalPoetryMonth. And don't worry if you haven't read them yet. We wanted this episode to inspire those who haven't read them–so this one's for you!

Kmmoll I‘m super excited to read Whereas after listening to your podcast this morning! Thank you! 2y
thereadingwomen @Kmmoll so happy to hear that! It‘s fantastic. 2y
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Jolynne
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I‘m not much of a poetry person so it‘s difficult to talk about this book. There is so much to learn, understand and feel in her words. Excellent.

Page 72, I think is what I related to most.

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Whereas I‘m reading Layli Long Soldier‘s #poetry with my #tea today... I thought I'd snap a photo. ~~~ #BooksAndTea #indigenousLiterature

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I am really not a poetry reader, so my response to the first half of this book was similar to my response to modern art: I don‘t really get it. However, I found the second half tremendous in its examination of the Oglala Sioux Lakota experience and the author‘s response to the official US “apology” to native peoples. Thoughtful, honest, vital. #24in48

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hwheaties
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Several blows to the gut in this. So good.

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Lindy
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So I disassemble mechanics comma how to score sound music movement across the page. I watch the compassionate comma slow the singular mind of two lovers. When we cannot speak our mind the comma will cool will sigh it will lick an envelope for us. Because the tongue of a comma is detached, patient.

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Lindy
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Make room in your heart for the song of grasses, the landscape of Oglala Lakota people, and bitter songs of broken promises, broken treaties. This #poetry collection is more than a lament, more than a ballad of testimony. It‘s fierce, intelligent and wry. A singular voice to light the way forward. ❤️#Indigenous

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Lindy
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Long Soldier plays with form in such meaningful ways. I was impressed from the start, and yet it has taken weeks of living with her words for me to realize that she has touched me at a level much deeper than appreciation.
#Ownvoices #poetry

Andrea4 💚💙❤💜💛 2y
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Lindy
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I‘ve got a backlog of books that I‘ve finished and want to review before returning them to the library. Which one do you want to hear about most?

Lindy @BookishMarginalia Okay, Yak and Dove are up next! 2y
UrsulaMonarch I've loved hearing your comments throughout of ! 2y
Lindy @Lkelly Ok, Curry is coming up next! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Lindy yay! 😊 2y
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Lindy
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I revised until the poem forgot its way back troubled I let it go when you love something let it go if it returns be a good mother father welcome the poem open armed pull out the frying pan grease it coat it prepare a meal apron & kitchen sweat labor my love my sleeves pushed to elbows like the old days a sack of flour & keys I push them typography & hotcakes work seduce a poem into believing I can home it I can provide it white gravy 👇

Lindy whatever the craving poem eat & lie down full poem rest here full don‘t lift a single letter. 2y
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Lindy
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Whereas her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota, therein the question: what did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces.
#Indigenous #poetry
(Image: Tenille Campbell / Sweet Moon Photography https://onbeing.org/programs/layli-long-soldier-the-freedom-of-real-apologies-ma...)

Soubhiville Beautiful photo and quote. Thanks ❤️ 2y
brilliantglow "Would I teach her to be pieces" wow. 2y
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Redwritinghood
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This is 3 of 5 in my reading of the National Book Award short list for poetry. The first section of the collection plays with language and form. The second section is more grounded and is a response to the formal apology given by congress to the native peoples in 2009. Here again the author plays with language to demonstrate the emptiness of the apology. These poems are complex and working at a different level than the others I‘ve read so far.

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Whereas poetry should not only exist as easily digestible sound bites there exists Layli Long Soldier‘s collection WHEREAS - which is beautiful, and heartbreaking, and absolutely one of the best books of 2017. The poem “38”, which ends the first section, is a masterwork and destroyed me for days after reading it.

I‘m pulling for this one at the National Book Awards this month.

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kdwinchester
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#HappyIndigenousPeoplesDay!

If you‘re looking for the perfect read for #indigenouspeoplesday, I highly recommend WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier, which is a finalist for the #NationalBookAward. I have no words for how beautiful and meaningful this collection is. Just read it. Think about it. You won‘t be same.

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thereadingwomen
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#HappyIndigenousPeoplesDay!

If you‘re looking for the perfect read for #indigenouspeoplesday, I highly recommend WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier, which is a finalist for the #NationalBookAward. I have no words for how beautiful and meaningful this collection is. Just read it. Think about it. You won‘t be same after. - K 🍁🍂 #thereadingwomen

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Bookbeez
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In 2009 the US government wrote a resolution apologizing to Native Americans. It was the usual non apology one sadly expects from government. This collection of poems is in regards to that "apology." Beautiful, powerful, creative, and thoughtful poetry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ReadingEnvy These were challenging! 2y
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Bookbeez
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Her poetry is powerful and beautiful. #poetry

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Bookbeez
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I've made a new reading rule. I must read one book from my own library after I finish a book from the library. Reading this excellent poetry collection today. #library #poetry #mounttbr

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BookishFeminist
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Love this epigraph. ✍🏼

vivastory I love Arthur Sze 2y
Laalaleighh I need to keep this handy. 2y
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BookishFeminist
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I finally got my hands on this poetry collection out from Graywolf this year. I'm going to go ensconce myself in her words outside in the sun. 🌾☀️

#selfcaresunday #poetry #indigenouslit

ReadingEnvy It is very good but required 100% attention from me! 2y
Tamra Ohhhh, I must get this one! 2y
Louise "I watched her be in multiple musics". Oh, I must check this out! 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Today's #bookmail was inspired by last Sunday's NY Times Book Review. The issue was about poetry, and while some of the books reviewed aren't available until next week, this volume of poetry by Layli Long Soldier is. Carla Hayden was featured in By the Book, and she mentioned Women Who Read Are Dangerous. The 3rd book is a collection of essays from the By the Book column. I love The NY Times Book Review ❤️📚.

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haileybean
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I have no words. 😭

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I'll admit I don't know a lot about poetry, but I thought this collection was fantastic. This book made me FEEL so much. It's sad and so beautiful.

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unabridgedchick
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Neatened up my TBR. Fun range of reads!

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unabridgedchick
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TFW your TBR calls to you, all beguiling like, and it's a wicked busy Monday...

britt_brooke Love that chair! 3y
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CarolynOliver
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Searing, necessary, beautiful. And so many forms! #poetry

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ReadingEnvy
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Whereas these poems are complex in language and structure,
Whereas I will need to read them again before writing a longer review,
Whereas during National Poetry Month, it seemed only fitting to read poems from someone actually indigenous to the nation,
Whereas you can hear an interview with Layli Long Soldier on On Being,
I can recommend a slow careful read of these poems.

saresmoore 👏 3y
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daena
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Tonight's remaining reads to choose from....
#litsypartyofone

......and I have a bag of dill pickle flavored chips