Other Side of Nowhere

Peter Blue Cloud, Author White Pine Press (NY) $10 (0p) ISBN 978-1-877727-00-9
The Christlike Coyote is the main protagonist in this collection of pseudo-spiritual poems and tales. Mohawk Blue Cloud ( Elderberry Flute Song ) attempts, in the title poem, to give readers a sense of the world in terms of this Coyote religion: ``A planet was born / in circle around a particular sun. Then / first sound and first life came into being.'' The godlike Creation made the world, and Coyote is his physical/metaphysical ``humble helper.'' But this right-hand animal is certainly no savior. Although he possesses supernatural powers, he often uses them selfishly or destructively: in ``The First Missiles,'' Coyote steals the water supply from his fellow animals; in ``The 60s,'' he splits himself into a ``multitude of Coyotes,'' driving people out of a party to which he was not invited. The reader is also privy, in ``Coyote Erectus Dancing'' and ``Anthropologitis,'' to crude, humorless details of Coyote's sexual habits. These pieces mix a stilted, stereotyped Native American language with contemporary jargon, characters and settings, failing to shed any new light on this often misunderstood culture. The amateurish illustrations are by the author. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
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