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Original Fire: Selected and New Poems (Paperback)

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In this important new collection, her first in fourteen years, award-winning author Louise Erdrich has selected poems from her two previous books of poetry, Jacklight and Baptism of Desire, and has added nineteen new poems to compose Original Fire.

About the Author

LOUISE ERDRICH lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this series which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman was inspired by Ms. Erdrich s own genealogy. Makoons continues the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006; the acclaimed The Porcupine Year; and Chickadee, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2013. Ms. Erdrich is the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults as well, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves, the National Book Award medalist The Round House and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother s Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. You can visit her online at and

Praise For…

“Essential reading for fans of Erdrich’s fiction, this volume can be expected to draw poetry readers into the fold.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“Erdrich is profoundly sensual, frankly bawdy and slyly comedic.”

“Artistically impressive and highly entertaining.”
-Miami Herald

“The poems are hypnotic and retain an emphatic passionate fire.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060935344
ISBN-10: 0060935340
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 17th, 2004
Pages: 176
Language: English