Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems
This luminous collection demonstrates Momaday’s mastery and love of language and the matters closest to his heart. To Momaday, words are sacred; language is power. Spanning nearly fifty years, the poems gathered here illuminate the human condition, Momaday’s connection to his Kiowa roots, and his spiritual relationship to the American landscape.The title poem, “The Death of Sitting Bear” is a celebration of heritage and a memorial to the great Kiowa warrior and chief. “I feel his presence close by in my blood and imagination,” Momaday writes, “and I sing him an honor song.” Here, too, are meditations on mortality, love, and loss, as well as reflections on the incomparable and holy landscape of the Southwest.
2019 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award
Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Fiction | Poetry
Momaday , N. S. (2020). Death of Sitting Bear: New and Selected Poems. New York, NY: HarperCollins.