77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King

77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King

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Poetry

Seventy-seven poems intended as a eulogy for what we have squandered, a reprimand for all we have allowed, a suggestion for what might still be salvaged. It is a poetic quarrel with our intolerant selves, a reflection on mortality and longing, as well as a long-running conversation with the mythological currents that flow throughout North America.

Showcasing his incontrovertible wit and trademark wordplay, Thomas King eases onto this new terrain to draw our attention back to our painful history and the fragments of it that remain our present story.

Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He obtained his PhD from the University of Utah in 1986. He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates "pan-Indian" concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans. He taught Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, and at the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. King has become one of the foremost writers of fiction about Canada's Native people.