From the Poetry Foundation, we learn that Gerald is of Anishinabe heritage and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. He is the author of more than 30 books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry and attended college on the GI Bill after serving in the armed forces. He studied at New York University and did postgraduate work at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota.
Cranes Arise is a collection of haiku scenes presented with place names, the actual locations of the original images. The Introduction states that “these imagistic scenes are meditative, the traces of nature, and create a sense of seasonal presence.” Other books by Gerald in the Digital Library include Raising the Moon Vines and Two Wings: The Butterfly.
lingers behind a scarecrow
– clear lake, minnesota
ravens ride the monterey pines
out of breath
– santa cruz, california
circle the great blue horses
– rosebud, south dakota
fat green flies
square dance on the pink grapefruit
honor your partners
– ellsworth, wisconsin
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