Worn Cities by Alice Azure



Alice M. Azure‘s poems reanimate the world behind this world, where spirits watch over our lives, where coyote and wolf sing our deep blues, and where the land calls out for its children. Join her there–you will be glad you did.

–Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, poet, essayist, editor of Mongrel Empire Press

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]


Alice Azure illuminates the Northeast Indigenous survival, and triumph, in her prose and poetry. Worn Cities is an important addition to her witness. Through the lens of a Mi’kmaq Métis elder, she shines light on contemporary practice of traditional faith. Manitous, Coyote, Whirlpool Person, and other spirits people her verse, still powerful in sites with names like Washington D.C. and St. Louis. She folds historic and mythic time into the present to create new spells. Azure is an essential poet for these times.
–Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09 and author of Mélange Block (Red Mountain Press)

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In Worn Cities, her new collection of strong, memorable poems, Alice Azure
takes us on an unforgettable journey. It’s not just across the physical geography of modern America but also into the deeper, much older landscape beneath it all. With unblinking honesty and unfailing lyricism, she helps us see it all, from the City of Sin to the City of the Sun, from the sordid darkness of DC to the ancient light that always shines from the heart of the land and the listening ancestors.

–Joseph Bruchac, author of Our Stories Remember (Fulcrum Press), and publisher of Greenfield Review Press

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]




Worn Cities

by Alice Azure

$12, paper

Alice Azure’s recent work has appeared in you are here: the journal of creative geography; Against the Current; Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe; and Studies in American Indian Literatures. The author of three books, her most recent, Games of Transformation, released in 2011 by Albatross Press in Chicago, was selected as poetry book of the year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers.

A Mi’kmaq Métis, her roots are in the Kespu’kwitk District (Yarmouth) of Nova Scotia. The St. Louis Poetry Center has published her prize-winning poems in its annual chapbooks of 2007, 2008 and 2012. She maintains a website at www.aliceazure.com. Along with many other Mi’kmaw artists, humanists, educators, poets and writers, her work has been archived at the website Tepi’ketuek, http://mikmawarchives.ca/

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