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A passionate book of poetry from New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.
In this important collection, award-winning author Louise Erdrich has selected poems from her two previous books of poetry, Jacklight and Baptism of Desire, and has added nineteen new poems to compose Original Fire.
“These molten poems radiate with the ferocity of desire, and in them Erdrich does not spin verse so much as tell tales—of betrayal and revenge, of hunting and being hunted.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
About the Author
Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. Love Medicine and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her most recent book, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old house.
“The poems are hypnotic and retain an emphatic passionate fire.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Essential reading for fans of Erdrich’s fiction, this volume can be expected to draw poetry readers into the fold.”
— Library Journal (starred review)
“Artistically impressive and highly entertaining.”
— Miami Herald
“Erdrich is profoundly sensual, frankly bawdy and slyly comedic.”