Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival

Rock Ghost Willow Deer A Story of Survival A name creates life patterns Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes which form and shape a life my life like my name must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize Rock Ghost Willo
  • Title: Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival
  • Author: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • ISBN: 9780803215276
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer: A Story of Survival
    A name creates life patterns, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes, which form and shape a life my life, like my name, must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Hedge Coke s narrative of that realization, the award winning poet and writer s searching account of her life as a mixed blood woman coming of age off reserva A name creates life patterns, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes, which form and shape a life my life, like my name, must have been formed many times over then handed to me to realize Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer is Hedge Coke s narrative of that realization, the award winning poet and writer s searching account of her life as a mixed blood woman coming of age off reservation, yet deeply immersed in her Cherokee and Huron heritage In a style at once elliptical and achingly clear, Hedge Coke describes her schizophrenic mother and the abuse that often overshadowed her childhood the torments visited upon her, the rape and physical violence and those she inflicted on herself, the alcohol and drug abuse Yet she managed to survive with her dreams and her will, her sense of wonder and promise undiminished.The title Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer refers to the life revelations that brought Hedge Coke through her trials, the melding of language and experience that has brought order to her life In this book, Hedge Coke shares the insights she has gathered along the way, insights that touch on broader Native issues such as modern life in the diaspora the threat of alcohol, drug abuse, and violence and the ongoing onslaught on self amid a complex, mixed heritage.
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    About " Allison Adelle Hedge Coke "

  • Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke authored books include The Year of the Rat, American Book Award Dog Road Woman and Off Season City Pipe, poetry Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir and Blood Run, a verse play that served to lobby for legislation and protection of the Indigenous site 2014 works Burn, MadHat Press and Streaming, Coffee House Press Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including Sing Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Effigies, Effigies II 2014 directs the Literary Sandhill CraneFest She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.

  • 368 Comments

  • This is an amazing story I won t lie, there are some horrible things in this book Not everything will be pleasant The most amazing this is not only did Hedge Coke survive these horrors, but she preserved her ability to laugh and revel in the beauty of the world The writing is sometimes poetic, and sometimes plainly bold in setting forth terrible things that happened without flinching or becoming maudlin Simply put, they happened and she survived The book is an emotional and beautiful story Just [...]



  • Could not put this one down If your ever feeling sorry for youself read this remarkable story of courage and survival Wowjust read it Incredible.


  • It s difficult to say that I liked or even enjoyed this book It was full of family dysfunction, mental illness, physical, emotional and drug abuse however, I was so taken with the author and her grittiness, I desperately wanted her to find peace and happiness Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is mixed race, of Native American Cherokee heritage and Huron, Muscogee, French Canadian, Portuguese, English, Alsace Lorraine, Welsh and Irish Much of Allison s young life is spent learning the ancient Native ways [...]


  • A book of this length usually wouldn t take me a week to read, but I had to spread out the reading It wasn t because I m on Spring Break, but it s because Hedge Coke s story is unbelievably upsetting I didn t want to ruin my week long vacation with a huge dose of sadness I took it bit by bit Rock,Ghost,Willow,Deer recounts the life of Allison Hedge Coke, who, as the subtitle suggests, is a survivor Written beautifully, her compelling story teaches the reader to persevere no matter what the circu [...]


  • Blunt, honest, gritty, this is one of the best stories of an individual s formative years that I ve ever read.



  • This was wonderful I think every woman should read this book It is remarkable and is told with poetic clarity It took me less than two days to read I cannot recommend it enough



  • Wow Parts of it are hard to take, but then she hasn t had an easy time of it I know Allison She s a delightful person and fantastic writiing teacher.


  • Ok guys, this is my first review Bear with me Basically, this crazy ass woman lovely lady grows up with her Native American family outside of a reservation Her mother was a psycho bitch with schizophrenia, and since this was during the dark ages of the mental health field, all she ever received were shock treatments that left her loopier than a kid huffing paint Gotta love the 50s Oh, and her sister gives off the air of one of those two faced bitches who are really only nice to people when they [...]


  • I was swept into this word of Hedge Coke s adolescence, her courage in the face of extraordinary trauma, and the occasional and necessary meditative moments when tending to horses or gardening that provided some respite in the author s life, and for the reader as well I appreciated the background and context of Huron Cherokee and indigenous cultures that infused her ethos and spirit forgiving, generous, naive, hopeful, quietly powerful I love the voice and writing, and there were passages that j [...]


  • Never pity, just wonder how one can live this life The book pulled me from revulsion to tenderness By the end of the book I wanted to put my arms around Allison, and then I realized she is carried through life by a force and spirits that give her the leash to live.


  • While her stories are interesting, I started to loose interest in them after a while because of how depressing they always seemed to be Nevertheless it was a worthwhile read.


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