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Original Fire

(2003)
Selected And New Poems
A collection of poems by

 
 
In this important new collection, her first in fourteen years, award-winning author Louise Erdrich has selected poems from her two previous books of poetry, Jacklight and Baptism of Desire, and added new poems to compose Original Fire.

Profound and accessible, this collection anticipates and enlarges upon many of the themes, and even the characters, of Erdrich's prose. A sequence of story poems called "The Potchikoo Stories" recounts the life and afterlife of the questing trickster Potchikoo, echoing the wit and humanity of the inimitable, Nanapush, who appears in several of Erdrich's novels, most recently The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. Similarly, the group of poems called "The Butcher's Wife" contains the germ of Erdrich's most recent novel, The Master Butchers Singing Club.

A powerful new poem, "The Seven Sleepers," forms the core of an entire section of the book and is about the passionate search for the divine in all its forms. The final section, "Original Fire," travels through birth, ordinary life, loss, and redemption. These poems reveal that poetry emerges from what we fear most, and that memory is endurance.

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Used availability for Louise Erdrich's Original Fire

Hardback Editions

September 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Original Fire: Selected and New Poems
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-620986-2 / 978-0-06-620986-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

August 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Original Fire: Selected and New Poems
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
ISBN: 0-06-093534-0 / 978-0-06-093534-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Original Fire: Selected and New Poems
Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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