Between Tahlequah and Tulsa

Published by Blooming Twig (New York/Tulsa)

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From the publisher: The prose in “Between Tahlequah and Tulsa” combines Gustavson’s time-honored flair for evoking pastoral scenery with a newfound muscular emotionality and a brave declarative voice.

Unapologetically, she addresses Native American rights, spirituality, blunt political discourse, and the new frontier dream of 1960s. Cynthia also digs deep and courageously revisits poignant childhood memories. A stunning example of this vigorous vulnerability is halfway through the long poem that makes up this book, where she comes to grips with her father’s passing.

Here she writes: Dad said in his business voice / we’d meet misfortune head on / that we’d get stronger from this / that growing up was learning how to tough out the bad times / but three months later when he died, my thirteen year old mind didn’t feel tough and I could still smell the burned rafters of my home.

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