Dickinson Poetry – Louis V. Clark III

Event details

  • June 13, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211
  • 920-854-7559

HOW to BE an INDIAN in the 21st CENTURY is the title of the new book of poetry by the featured reader in the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series at UUFDC on June 13, 2018, 7 pm. An open mic and reception will follow.

The following poetical and biographical information is taken from the back of the book.

“My name is Louis Clark.
They call me Two Shoes.
I am of two worlds.

So begins this collection of deceptively simple poems that reveal a profound life story of loss, identity, race, and culture. A wryly funny story of family, fatherhood, food and football. A love story. A ghost story. A story of survival.

HOW to BE an INDIAN in THE 21ST CENTURY is a memoir like no other. Oneida author and everyman poet Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) weaves verse and prose to capture the alienation, audacity, and triumph that have defined his life experience — from childhood on the Rez, through racially charged bullying and work-place discrimination, to his role as a modern-day elder. Clark celebrates ‘the heartbeat of my nation’ and encourages the rest of us to ‘speak the truth, confound the idiots and listen to the silence.’

In sharing his often uncomfortable truths, Clark adds an important voice to the ongoing conversation about race and belonging in America.

I am torn
      between
the wilderness of my youth
      and
the white world we call civilization”.

About Dickinson Poetry Series: On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a renowned local or regional poet followed by an open mic, providing an opportunity for others to read their poetry. A reception follows affording an opportunity to meet the poets. The Series is named for Emily Dickinson, a prolific poet and philosophically in tune with Unitarian beliefs. The public is welcome and there is no charge. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call (920) 854-7559.