In the se­cond po­etry col­lec­tion

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by Laura Da’, In­stru­ments of the True Mea­sure, out this month from the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona Press, the his­tory of the Shawnee comes into fo­cus. Da’, who is Eastern Shawnee, por­trays life on the Amer­i­can fron­tier dur­ing the early nine­teenth cen­tury through con­cise and con­cen­trated im­ages and speaks can­didly about the vi­o­lence Euro­pean set­tlers inflicted on In­dige­nous peo­ple in Amer­ica. “Any treaty is an ar­ti­fact of unimag­in­able suf­fer­ing,” she writes. With pre­cise, vis­ceral lan­guage (“salt-lick deer / split-hung / over the sad­dle’s pom­mel”) Da’ ges­tures at how vi­o­lence and his­tory can live in the land and body for gen­er­a­tions. She has pub­lished poems in the jour­nals be­low, as well as in Po­etry North­west, Eleven Eleven, Black­bird, and among oth­ers.

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