By dg okpik
Publication month: October 2022
ISBN# 9781950268634 (7x9 80pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781950268641 (7x9 80pp, limited edition hardcover)
“She/I cast a thick,
time out of mind,
out of sync, off course.”
American Book Award–winning poet dg okpik’s second collection of poems, Blood Snow, tells a continuum story of a homeland under erasure, in an ethos of erosion, in a multitude of encroaching methane, ice floe, and rising temperatures. Here, in a true Inupiaq voice, okpik’s relationship to language is an access point for understanding larger kinships between animals, peoples, traditions, histories, ancestries, and identities. Through an animist process of transfiguration into a shaman’s omniscient voice, we are greeted with a destabilizing grammar of selfhood. Okpik’s poems have a fraught relationship to her former home in Anchorage, Alaska, a place of unparalleled natural beauty and a traumatic site of devastation for Alaskan native nations and landscapes alike. In this way, okpik’s poetry speaks to the dualistic nature of reality and how one’s existence in the world simultaneously shapes and is shaped by its environs.
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dg nanouk okpik was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1966. She graduated from Salish Kootenai College with an AFA in Liberal Arts and Liberal Studies, and later went The Institute of American Indian Arts and graduated with an AFA and a BFA in Creative Writing, until finally she attended Stonecoast College to receive an MFA in Creative Writing. Okpik has won the Truman Capote Literary Award, an American Book Award for her first book Corpse Whale (2012, University of Arizona Press) and the May Sarton Award. Currently, dg okpik resides in Northwest Montana.