How to dress a fish / Abigail Chabitnoy
- Chabitnoy, Abigail
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- Poems. Selections
- Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 141 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Wesleyan poetry series
- Machine generated contents note: I.Fox Hunting -- Family History -- Family Ghosts History -- [Grocery list, July 16, 2.015] -- Shebutnoy -- Distance of Articulation -- [Grandfather, fig. 1] -- [Boy, bear, bird?] -- [(Fish)] -- [Observe the Indian as subject] -- [(Never so much fish)] -- [The earth was hollow around my feet.] -- Elocution Lessons -- [()] -- [Grandfather, fig. 2] -- [Fig. 3] -- [Fig.] -- [(Shark)] -- [Not even bone.] -- Lessons in Articulation -- [Grandfather, fig. 5] -- [Line. November, post-fall month.] -- Dream with Shark -- Survey of Resource Articulation -- [It was winter] -- II.[Only the beginning is true] -- [... The bodies were too soft.] -- Early She Works with Bodies -- [(Conditionally)] -- [Pyrrha did not turn back] -- She Gets Her Power from the Water -- [Every able body] -- [In a box] -- Ways to Sustain -- [Some burning persists] -- [I turned fish] -- Dream with Shark -- [In a pile of available bodies] -- [The dream is only trees] -- [She fell down dead] -- Let's begin again -- [Fig. with ghosts] -- [(That's not how) the one from the water survived.] -- Qawanguq with Fox -- [No one expected a flood] -- [... The smell offish baking] -- [The water rose.] -- Qawanguq with House -- III.History Lesson -- Collection Object -- Before There Was a Train -- [She coughed and the women came out] -- Family History -- Family story -- My story -- Or -- [not a fish] -- [I was only a girl] -- As Far as Records Go -- Articulation of Distance; Or, The Hero Is Daily Called to Mind -- In Communion with the Non-Breathing -- [Shallow bodies] -- Family Ghosts -- Ways to Sustain -- Re-articulation -- Manipulating Manifesting (Re)Generating Landscapes -- [Only the beginning is true] -- ADDENDUM -- How to Make a Memorial -- Ways to Skin a Fish: A Genealogical Survey.
- In How to Dress a Fish, poet Abigail Chabitnoy, of Germanic and Aleut descent, addresses the lives disrupted by US Indian boarding school policy. She pays particular attention to the life story of her great grandfather, Michael, who was taken from the Baptist Orphanage, Wood Island, Alaska, and sent to Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Incorporating extracts from Michael's boarding school records and early Russian ethnologies--while engaging Alutiiq language, storytelling motifs, and traditional practices--the poems form an act of witness and reclamation. In uncovering her own family records, Chabitnoy works against the attempted erasure, finding that while legislation such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act reconnects her to community, through blood and paper, it could not restore the personal relationships that had already been severed.
- 9780819578488 (hardcover)
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- Includes bibliographical references.
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