Blue Horses Rush in
Poems and StoriesBook - 1997
Blue Horses Rush In takes its title from a poem about the birth of her granddaughter Chamisa, whose heart "pounded quickly and we recognized / the sound of horses running: / the thundering of hooves on the desert floor." Through such personal insights, this collection follows the cycle of a woman's life and underlines what it means to be Navajo in the late twentieth century. The book marks a major accomplishment in American literature for its successful blending of Navajo cultural values and forms with the English language, while at the same time retaining the Navajo character. Here, Luci Tapahonso walks slowly through an ancient Hohokam village, recalling stories passed down from generation to generation. Later in the book, she may tell a funny story about a friend, then, within a few pages, describe family rituals like roasting green chiles or baking bread in an outside oven. Throughout, Tapahonso shares with readers her belief in the power of pollen and prayer feathers and sacred songs.
Many of these stories were originally told in Navajo, taking no longer than ten minutes in the telling. "Yet, in recreating them, it is necessary to describe the land, the sky, the light, and other details of time and place," writes Tapahonso. "In this way, I attempt to create and convey the setting for the oral text. In writing, I revisit the place or places concerned and try to bring the reader to them, thereby enabling myself and other Navajos to sojourn mentally and emotionally in our home, Dinétah."
From Library Staff
2005 Read Across Lawrence selection. The Navaho Poet Laureate shares poems and stories of universal life passages like birth & death, infused with her family's cultural heritage. Lucy Tapahonso is a Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona; she previously ... Read More »
Poems and stories by the Navaho Poet Laureate are meditative and visually-descriptive. Her words are a welcoming and generous portal to Navajo language & culture.
LPL_ShirleyB Jan 20, 2016
The Navaho Poet Laureate shares poems and stories of universal life passages like birth & death, infused with her family's cultural heritage. Lucy Tapahonso is a Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona; she previously taught English at KU. 2005 Read Acros... Read More »