This book is on fire. This book is nuclear. Natalie Diaz’s poetry is very physical, very tied to the body. And to the earth. And it is full of the mythos of her heritage and history. This is very powerful work, rife with passion and outrage, with awe and wonder.
A few lines for you, from the poem The First Water is the Body –
We carry the river, its body of water in our body. I do not mean to invoke the Droste effect – this is not a picture of a river within a picture of a river.
I mean river as a verb. A happening. It is moving within me right now.
This is not juxtaposition. Body and water are not two unlike things – they are more than close together or side by side. They are same – body, being, energy, prayer, current, motion, medicine.
The body is beyond six senses. Is sensual. An ecstatic state of energy, always on the verge of praying, or entering any river of movement.
Energy is a moving river moving my moving body.
When I read that this was a National Book Award Finalist, I submitted a request for the library to purchase. I wasn’t too far into it before I knew I needed my own copy, that these were poems I would want to revisit. I highly recommend.