Dirt Road Home

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ISBN 978-1-880684-30-6
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
78 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Dirt Road Home

Cheryl Savageau

Cheryl Savageau writes of poverty, mixed ancestry, nature, and family in poems that are simultaneously tough and tender, and salted with a rich folk humor from her Abenaki and French Canadian ancestry.
About the Author

Abenaki poet Cheryl Savageau has been awarded Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and three residencies at the MacDowell Colony. Her second book of poetry, Dirt Road Home, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. She was awarded Mentor of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, as well as Writer of the Year (1997) for her children's book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming. Savageau also works as a textile artist, and her quilts have been exhibited at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

"French/Canadian/Native poet Cheryl Savageau's poems tell of poverty, mixed ancestry and alliances, and strong family ties in a sweep of visions which trace both the progress of her life and influences and those of her family and friends. Lyrical, personal free verse." —Midwest Book Review

"Stirring, imagistic, and powerful." —Ms.

"The view from Cheryl Savageau's poems sweeps horizon-wide. She does not flinch away from the pain of racism and self-denial, yet the Abenaki inheritance she claims gives her, and offers us, a woman's celebratory vision." —Marilyn Nelson