Hope releases his first book of poetry

December 21, 2014 3:26 AM

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Ishmael Hope spent six years putting together his first collection of poetry, "Courtesans of Flounder Hill," a period of time in which the manuscript went through many changes — as did Hope himself. Among them: He became a father to four children with his wife, Lily Hudson Hope; he lost his own father, Andy Hope III, quite quickly to cancer; and he re-connected himself with his indigenous heritage (Tlingit on his father's side and Iñupiaq on his mother's) after a period of detachment, making the study of traditional knowledge a central part of his life.

The impact of those personal experiences on his poetry can be glimpsed from the title page alone: "To Our Daughter Taliiraq And Our Baby On The Way," "In Memory of Andrew Hope III," "Let the Clan Houses Stand Once More" and "Bothering the Dauenhauers," to name just a few. Hope said arriving at the f...

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