I Swallow Turquoise for Courage (Sun Tracks)

Product Description: In poems that exude the warmth of an afternoon in the southwestern sun, Hershman John draws readers into a world both familiar and utterly new. Raised on a reservation and in boarding schools, then educated at a state university, John writes as a contemporary Diné (Navajo) poet. His is a new voice — one that understands life on both sides of the canyon that divides, but does not completely separate, the Diné people from their neighbors who live outside the reservation. With their recurring images of sheep, coyotes, and crows — and an ever-present Diné grandmother — these poems carry echoes of an ancient time that seems to exist in parallel with our own.

Age Level: 16-18
Publisher: University of Arizona Press