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"SongCrow" and other poems

Daniel R Martinez, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


SongCrow and Other Poems is a book of poems that focuses on the growth of an individual speaker. By separating the book into three sections, I have been able to provide a Wordsworthian loss/gain pattern centering on a before and after consolidated character sketch. ^ The book begins with “Little Tongue Man,” an Ars Poetica, which challenges assumptions of language and poetic usage while directly addressing the reader. ^ The section “Orange Sodium” follows and includes poems that address issues specifically involving Chicana/o culture. The poems not only honor the Chicana/o culture of northern New Mexico, but also critique fallacies associated with the culture. ^ The middle section of the book, “SongCrow,” begins with the mythic title poem representing a birth: a coming out of a shell of sorts. The section includes poems that represent the taunt process of growth that the speaker experiences. ^ The final section, “Middle of the Hourglass,” represents the next stage for the speaker who has addressed issues of cultural and personal concern. The speaker now focuses attention on family and personal growth. ^ The book, as a whole, attempts to provide a poetic rendering of one individual's growth through cultural, personal and educational life. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Modern|Literature, American

Recommended Citation

Martinez, Daniel R, ""SongCrow" and other poems" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3131549.