Song of the Oktahutche: Collected Poems

Song of the Oktahutche: Collected Poems

By: Alexander Posey (author), Matthew Wynn Sivils (editor), Matthew Wynn Sivils (contributor)Paperback

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Muscogee (Creek) writer and humorist Alexander Posey (1873-1908) lived most of his short but productive life in the Muscogee Nation, in what is now Oklahoma. He was an influential political spokesperson, an advocate for improving conditions in Indian Territory, and one of the most prominent American Indian literary figures of his era. One of Posey's dearest subjects was the Oktahutche River, which he so loved that he gave it voice in his poem, "Song of the Oktahutche." His poetry, drawing from Romantic European and Euro-American influences such as Robert Burns and John Greenleaf Whittier, became a sort of Indian Territory pastoral in which the Greek nymph Echo shares a river with Stechupco, the Tall Man spirit of the Muscogees. Song of the Oktahutche collects for the first time all of Posey's poetry, which has until now been scattered in various rare volumes, either unpublished or replete with textual errors. His highly regarded poems constitute the largest body of Native poetry from the turn of the twentieth century. Matthew Wynn Sivils draws on extensive archival research to produce a complete, accurate, and meticulously annotated edition of Posey's poetry that will further enrich and personalize the legacy of this remarkable Native author.

About Author

Matthew Wynn Sivils is an assistant professor of English at Iowa State University. He is the editor of Alexander Posey's Chinnubbie and the Owl: Muscogee (Creek) Stories, Orations, and Oral Traditions (Nebraska 2005).

Contents

Contents List of Illustrations 000 Editorial Note 000 Acknowledgments 000 Introduction 000 Poems [1] [Take my valentine and be] 000 [2] The Warrior's Dream 000 [3] [And old or new, can records find] 000 [4] Death of the Poets 000 [5] Red Man's Pledge of Peace (Circa 1893) 000 [6] Red Man's Pledge of Peace (Circa 1898) 000 [7] Red Man's Pledge of Peace (Ledger version) 000 [8] The Burial of the Alabama Prophet 000 [9] Twilight [Eventide] 000 [10] [Autumn days--bright days of gold] 000 [11] Death of a Window Plant 000 [12] O, Oblivion! 000 [13] Ye Men of Dawes 000 [14] [Did'st thou see the spectral blossoms fall?] 000 [15] [Oh, those voices now we hear] 000 [16] [Forsooth, thou art so versatile, O Bob!] 000 [17] [To allot, or not to allot] 000 [18] [For two long days the polar breeze] 000 [19] [The picnic's coming] 000 [20] [The whippowill has come] 000 [21] [Those bursts of oratory--how they stir the soul!] 000 [22] Wildcat Bill 000 [23] There's a Tide 000 [24] [In UNCLE SAM'S dominion] 000 [25] Lowyna 000 [26] The Indian's Past Olympic 000 [27] Cuba Libre 000 [28] Callie 000 [29] Mother and Baby 000 [30] Daisy 000 [31] The Squatter's Fence 000 [32] The Conquerors 000 [33] Lines to Hall 000 [34] To Our Baby, Laughing [To Baby Yahola] 000 [35] The Two Clouds 000 [36] The Rattler 000 [37] June [Midsummer] 000 [38] The Idle Breeze 000 [39] My Fancy [Fancy] 000 [40] Autumn 000 [41] [Oh, to loiter where] (A Rhapsody) 000 [42] To a Hummingbird 000 [43] To the Century Plant 000 [44] Verses Written at the Grave of McIntosh 000 [45] To the Summer Cloud 000 [46] To the Crow 000 [47] To a Snowflake 000 [48] Sea Shells 000 [49] The Bluebird 000 [50] Coyote 000 [51] Distant Music 000 [52] Distant Music (early draft) 000 [53] Earth's Lilies and God's 000 [54] Her Beauty 000 [55] [I sing but fragments] 000 [56] Ingersoll 000 [57] Life's Mystery 000 [58] A Picture 000 [59] Sequoyah 000 [60] To Wahilla Enhotulle (To the South Wind) 000 [61] [Upon Love's sea, our barques shall sail] [Drifting Apart] 000 [62] What My Soul Would Be 000 [63] In the Winter Hills 000 [64] The Open Sky 000 [65] Sunset 000 [66] The Legend of the Red Rose 000 [67] My Pearl 000 [68] Brook Song 000 [69] Prairies of the West 000 [70] To Yahola, on His First Birthday 000 [71] To a Morning Warbler 000 [72] Lowena 000 [73] [The Poet's Song] 000 [74] [We take no notice of] 000 [75] [Nature's Blessings] 000 [76] Twilight [July 7, 1898] 000 [77] June [July 10, 1898] 000 [78] The West Wind [Husse Lotka Enhotulle] 000 [79] Morning 000 [80] The Athlete and the Philosopher 000 [81] Eyes of Blue and Brown 000 [82] Flowers 000 [83] Mount Shasta 000 [84] The Dew and the Bird 000 [85] The Deer 000 [86] Be It My Lot 000 [87] When Love is Dead 000 [88] To the Morning Glory 000 [89] To an Over-Stylish Miss 000 [90] [Farewell, frail leaf] 000 [91] The Sunshine of Life 000 [92] Gone 000 [93] Kate and Lou 000 [94] My Hermitage 000 [95] What I Ask of Life 000 [96] A Glimpse 000 [97] The Boston Mountains 000 [98] By the River's Brink 000 [99] By the Shore of Life 000 [100] Chinkings 000 [101] A Common Failing 000 [102] A Fable 000 [103] Epigrams 000 [104] God and the Flying Squirrel (A Creek Legend) 000 [105] In Tulledega 000 [106] In Vain 000 [107] The Inexpressible Thought 000 [108] July 000 [109] The Man-Catcher 000 [110] Meaningless 000 [111] The Milky Way 000 [112] Miser 000 [113] A Vision of June [Narcissus--A Sonnet] 000 [114] Narcissus--A Sonnet 000 [115] Not Love Always 000 [116] On Piney 000 [117] Our Deeds [A Simile] 000 [118] Pendantry 000 [119] Say Something 000 [120] September 000 [121] A Thin Quilt's Warmth 000 [122] Thoughts 000 [123] To a Common Flower 000 [124] To a Face Above the Surf 000 [125] To a Winter Songster 000 [126] To Hall 000 [127] To Jim Parkinson 000 [128] Trysting [Then and Now] 000 [129] Tulledega 000 [130] A Vision 000 [131] What Profit 000 [132] When Molly Blows the Dinner Horn 000 [133] The Arkansas River 000 [134] Assured 000 [135] Lovingly [The Call of the Wild] 000 [136] Limbo [Esapahutche] 000 [137] [Every moment I flow] 000 [138] Memories (Inscribed to my poet friend George Riley Hall) 000 [139] The Mocking Bird 000 [140] Spring in Tulwa Thlocco 000 [141] Where the Rivers Meet 000 [142] Ode to Sequoyah 000 [143] Nightfall [Twilight] 000 [144] An Outcast 000 [145] Pohalton Lake 000 [146] Shelter 000 [147] To a Daffodil 000 [148] Happy Times for Me an' Sal 000 [149] [What sea-maid's longings dwell] [To a Sea Shell] 000 [150] The Decree 000 [151] Song of the Oktahutche 000 [152] To a Robin 000 [153] Bob White 000 [154] The Blue Jay 000 [155] Moonlight [In the Moonlit Wood] 000 [156] The Haunted Valley 000 [157] On the Capture and Imprisonment of Crazy Snake 000 [158] The Fall of the Redskin (with apologies to Edwin Markham) 000 [159] Fus Harjo and Old Billy Hell 000 [160] Saturday 000 [161] The Evening Star 000 [162] On Hearing a Redbird Sing 000 [163] She Was Obdurate 000 [164] What a Snap 000 [165] It's Too Hot 000 [166] Alex Posey Is Responsible 000 [167] A Freedman Rhyme 000 [168] The Creek Fullblood (with apologies to Edwin Markham) 000 [169] Arkansaw 000 [170] Checotah 000 [171] O'Blenness 000 [172] Hotgun on the Death of Yadeka Harjo 000 [173] Again 000 [174] All the While [Let Men Dispute] 000 [175] [By the cardinal led aright] 000 [176] Come 000 [177] The Flower of Tulledega 000 [178] For Me 000 [179] Frail Beauty 000 [180] A Glimpse of Spring 000 [181] The Homestead of Empire 000 [182] [In that valley country lying east] 000 [183] Irene 000 [184] On a Marble Medallion of Dante 000 [185] On the Hills of Dawn 000 [186] On Viewing the Skull and Bones of a Wolf 000 [187] Pity 000 [188] A Reverie 000 [189] The Rural Maid 000 [190] Tis Sweet 000 [191] To My Wife 000 [192] To the Indian Meadow Lark 000 [193] A Valentine 000 [194] A Vision of Rest 000 [195] Whence? 000 [196] [With him who lives a neighbor to the birds!] 000 Appendix: A Ledger of Poems 000 Bibliography 000

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  • ISBN13: 9780803220539
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780803220539
  • weight: 336
  • ISBN10: 0803220537

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