Item description for The Doll With Two Backs by Harmon...
Within memories of colonial invasion and tribal breakdown, The Doll with Two Backs tells the story of failed friendship between a Native American girl and a visiting Irish academic. In a many-layered work echoing with literary and historical allusions the `Prelude' sounds the motifs of myths of origin, religious beliefs and oral narrative, while the main movement, `Broken Lights, Broken Lances, ' explores these issues in more detail. Failure, the recurrent trope, is sounded in images of tribal collapse, in the mixture of hope and elegy attending the relationship between teacher and student and in the failure of the imagination to absorb the deposits of myth and story. It is in keeping with this failure that the friendship ends. In the stillness that ensues the poet-teacher searches for understanding. An answer may be found in the work itself. A poem about the conjunction of dissimilar forces is a metaphor for the task of the imagination: to make sense of disorder, to bring harmony to the broken lights"" of tradition. Well-crafted, graceful lyrics in Part Two deal with persistence and failure, the cruelties and fears of childhood, the joys and disappointments of love, and the strength of memory.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.12" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Release Date Aug 2, 2005
Publisher Salmon Poetry
ISBN 1903392454 ISBN13 9781903392454
Availability 0 units.
More About Harmon
Roy L. Harmon, coauthor of "Reinventing the Factory" (The Free Press, 1990) and author of "Reinventing the Factory II" (The Free Press, 1992), founded Andersen Consulting's factory productivity practice and provides advice to its clients throughout the world.