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The Geese at the Gates

Authors: Drucilla Wall

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781907056598

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Drucilla Wall’s debut poetry collection reflects on the elusive forces of landscape, history, family and spirit that resist exploration yet lay claim to who we are.

Her poems are tinged with humour and a wry sense of human shortcomings. In sharp lyrics, Drucilla Wall explores her diverse ties to homes that range from County Wexford and Galway, Ireland, to the American settings of Missouri, Nebraska, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Throughout, her writing engages with her mixed heritage of Creek/Muscogee American Indian, Irish and Jewish identities in surprising and exciting ways. Employing strong storytelling traditions with lyrical attitude, here is the work of a poet whose literary vision is always open to the unexpected.

Drucilla Wall grew up in Philadelphia. Her poems and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, as well as in anthologies such as The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal; Eating Fire, Tasting Blood: Breaking the Great Silence of the American Indian Holocaust; Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace: Writing by Women of the Great Plains/High Plains; and True West: Authenticity and the American West. She teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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