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Ocean Power: Poems From the Desert
Ocean Power: Poems From the Desert
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Ocean Power: Poems From the Desert

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By Ofelia Zepeda

The annual seasons and rhythms of the desert are a dance of clouds, wind, rain, and flood—water in it roles from bringer of food to destroyer of life. The critical importance of weather and climate to native desert peoples is reflected with grace and power in this personal collection of poems, the first written creative work by an individual in O'odham and a landmark in Native American literature.

Poet Ofelia Zepeda centers these poems on her own experiences growing up in a Tohono O'odham family, where desert climate profoundly influenced daily life, and on her perceptions as a contemporary Tohono O'odham woman. These fine poems will give the outside reader a rich insight into the daily life of the Tohono O'odham people.

Paperback.