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"Finding Our Way Back Home"
Winner of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas first Book Award.
"Billboard in the Clouds" is a volume of poems that intimately weaves the rhythms of warriors, family, clan, and people, with the songs of tides, winds, birds, and crops, and the intense strength of poet Suzanne Rancourt's own heartbeat. Rancourt creates her poems with a tongue that is sparse and clean, simple and elegant -- rich with music and purpose." devorah major brown, author of Brown Glass Windows and where river meets ocean.
"Suzanne Rancourt's Billboard in the Clouds should go a long way dispelling the common plaint of non-Native new Englanders and upper-state New Yorkers that there are no Indian people in the area. The Abenaki world in these poems resonates just as smoothly and clearly as similar Indian worlds do in Sherman Alexie novel or a Joy Harjo poem. Read this book and you will see what I'm talking about."
---Geary Hobson, author of The Last of the Ofos
"With vivid images and ecstatic intensity, Suzanne Rancourt maps the jagged contours of the contemporary landscape. Her family stories show us how history weaves through our lives, how the simplest moments become ceremonies. I am struck by her honesty, her refusal to look away from the most difficult truths. Grounded in the northeast land of her ancestors, her poetry affirms a deep connectedness that is crucial to our survival." ---Cheryl Savageau, author of Dirt Road Home
to Suzanne's poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and music.
Original song, "Kataahdin"
"Women Veterans and Multi Modal Post-Traumatic Growth: Making the Tree Whole Again" pg 72 - 85
"Impressive Education: Mrs. F. the Librarian," "The Boneman," "Maccha," "Mediterranean Blues," "When the Glacier is Gone." CNF: "Full Bird at Red Clay." Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4
"Caput Mortuum," "Mish'ala," "Curves of Grace"
In the Trenches Anthology, Verto Publishing, Poems - "Venom, Sweet Venom," "the dead are not dead," "A Bridge of Social Renaissance."
#98 Poetry, "The Baby Singer."
"Suzanne Rancourt's Authentic Voice: One Writer's GPS to Wholeness" appeared in Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops Blog October 11, 2013. Click HERE to read.
Poetry, "Harvesting the Spring."
"Visions of Clara"
Creative non-fiction, "The Bear That Stands" pg 29
"The Smell of Blood"
"Why I Don't Meditate"
Writing of Indigenous New England
Whose Mouth Do I Speak With
I can remember my father bringing home spruce gum.
He worked in the woods and filled his pockets
with golden chunks of pitch.
For his children
he provided this special sacrament
and we'd gather at his feet, around his legs,
bumping his lunchbox, and his empty thermos rattled inside.
Our skin would stick to Daddy's gluey clothing
and we'd smell like Mumma's Pine Sol.
We had no money for store bought gum
but that's all right.
The spruce gum
was so close to chewing amber
as though in our mouths we held the eyes of Coyote
and how many other children had fathers
that placed on their innocent, anxious tongues
the blood of trees?
Dawnland Voices calls attention to the little-known but extraordinarily rich literary traditions of New England’s Native Americans. This pathbreaking anthology includes both classic and contemporary literary works from ten New England indigenous nations: the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Mohegan, Narragansett, Nipmuc, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Schaghticoke, and Wampanoag.
Through literary collaboration and recovery, Siobhan Senier and Native tribal historians and scholars have crafted a unique volume covering a variety of genres and historical periods. From the earliest petroglyphs and petitions to contemporary stories and hip-hop poetry, this volume highlights the diversity and strength of New England Native literary traditions. Dawnland Voices introduces readers to the compelling and unique literary heritage in New England, banishing the misconception that “real” Indians and their traditions vanished from that region centuries ago.
Ms. Rancourt's work has been translated, widely anthologized, and published in Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Slipstream, Sister Nations, Tamaqua, Muddy River Poetry Review, and more. You can also find Ms. Rancourt's poetry in numerous text books.
Fiction: Northern New England Review
Ms. Rancourt has six poems in this incredibly diverse Anthology that draws from writers globally, various genres, ages, backgrounds. This Anthology looks at War and Conflict from multiple human perspectives. This is an educational resource. Click HERE to order.
Poems: Mish'ala, Caput Mortuum, Curves of Grace
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