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ISBN-10: 1931404186
ISBN-13: 9781931404181
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 07/30/2019
Dimensions: 6.90" L, 4.80" W, 0.40" H

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Deer Trails: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7

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2019 NCIBA Golden Poppy Award Winner – Poetry***San Francisco’s 7th poet laureate–a Native American and native San Franciscan–explores urban space and the natural world.Deer Trails is a strongly elegiac evocation of a San Francisco that lies buried under its contemporary urban landscape, but can still be found peeking through. Native American and native San Franciscan…

2019 NCIBA Golden Poppy Award Winner – Poetry

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San Francisco’s 7th poet laureate–a Native American and native San Franciscan–explores urban space and the natural world.

Deer Trails is a strongly elegiac evocation of a San Francisco that lies buried under its contemporary urban landscape, but can still be found peeking through. Native American and native San Franciscan Kim Shuck is the city’s seventh poet laureate, and in these poems she celebrates the enduring presence of indigenous San Francisco as a form of resistance to gentrification, urbanization, and the erasure of memory.

Praise for Deer Trails and Kim Shuck

Kim Shuck’s serpentine lyrics sing the streets, hills, trees, fog, and rain of San Francisco, as well as the city’s deeper cartography of watersheds, village sites, shellmounds, trade paths, and deer trails. As you navigate this book, listen closely: the poems transform into maps, prayers, and medicine that offer healing, wonderment, and joy in our difficult times. ‘Travel grateful, ‘ the poet lovingly advises. ‘Travel safe.’–Craig Santos Perez

Deer Trails is a work of maturity and passion from one of Native America’s best poets. Kim Shuck is a poet whose dedication to indigenous reality is unquestionable and admirable. The Tsalagi people live in a cherished memory of honor and peace. The poems in Deer Trails are a testament to these ends. I am proud to call her sister.–Lance Henson

Made of leaps of beginning after beginning of images that sound as well as visually show nature’s humanity in a montage–naming en route to organic epiphanies–that’s the idiomatic brilliance of Kim Shuck’s actually quite sophisticated poems of simplicity.–Jack Hirschman

Shuck’s poetry reminds us that you can believe in the blue note; our elders’ speeches that we dance near. Her poems seamlessly walk the aggregates of human presence and voice all of nature’s directions. Shuck reminds us of the omniscience of the people in this dictatorship of dimes; the omniscience of the people in all sketches about genocide. Hers is the only way to look at San Francisco. A prayer in the mind of a warrior.–Tongo Eisen-Martin

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Love song and lament in equal measure, Kim Shuck's collection Deer Trails is an intimate and evocative portrait of San Francisco, a city in frenetic flux. A member of the Cherokee Nation, a native of San Francisco, and the city's seventh poet laureate, Shuck crafts poems haunted by loss and dispossession yet imbued with hope. The acts of attention and observation in this sequence peel back the surface of the city, laying bare its uneasy present and its unsettled past. Shuck, an accomplished beadwork artist and weaver, is also a master of poetic form; the imagery in her stacked, enjambed, and interwoven lines is deft, dramatic, and always finely wrought. Like 'little blue butterflies, ' these poems have 'thumbnail wings.' Their flight reminds us that what is sacred in San Francisco cannot be possessed.–Heidi Van Horn, Alta California

While [Kim Shuck's] graceful poetry can be nuanced, her opening prose is a direct reminder of what the city stands on, and why it matters. Deer Trails begins with her inaugural speech, delivered at San Francisco's Main Library. ... Shuck's own sound is often gentle on the ear, and blessedly strong.–The Rumpus

Kim Shuck's serpentine lyrics sing the streets, hills, trees, fog, and rain of San Francisco, as well as the city's deeper cartography of watersheds, village sites, shellmounds, trade paths, and deer trails. As you navigate this book, listen closely: the poems transform into maps, prayers, and medicine that offer healing, wonderment, and joy in our difficult times. 'Travel grateful, ' the poet lovingly advises. 'Travel safe.'–Craig Santos Perez

Deer Trails is a work of maturity and passion from one of Native America's best poets. Kim Shuck is a poet whose dedication to indigenous reality is unquestionable and admirable. The Tsalagi people live in a cherished memory of honor and peace. The poems in Deer Trails are a testament to these ends. I am proud to call her sister.–Lance Henson

Made of leaps of beginning after beginning of images that sound as well as visually show nature's humanity in a montage–naming en route to organic epiphanies–that's the idiomatic brilliance of Kim Shuck's actually quite sophisticated poems of simplicity.–Jack Hirschman

Shuck's poetry reminds us that you can believe in the blue note; our elders' speeches that we dance near. Her poems seamlessly walk the aggregates of human presence and voice all of nature's directions. Shuck reminds us of the omniscience of the people in this dictatorship of dimes; the omniscience of the people in all sketches about genocide. Hers is the only way to look at San Francisco. A prayer in the mind of a warrior.–Tongo Eisen-Martin

"What Kim Shuck is writing is vital and vibrant. She is blending tradition with modernity, history with humor and her own Indigenous perspective with everything else. She is kind enough to invite us all into her mind, her life and her tribe through her writing and to smile at us when we realize that we are glad we came, glad we read this evocative book and glad that we met this powerful and significant poet." –Dr. Dawn Karima Pettigrew

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ISBN-10: 1931404186
ISBN-13: 9781931404181
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 07/30/2019
Dimensions: 6.90" L, 4.80" W, 0.40" H
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