The University of Arizona

    
Advanced Search
Catalogs The Books The Store News and Events Contact
Cover
Cell Traffic
New and Selected Poems
By Heid E. Erdrich
272 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 2012
Paper (978-0-8165-3008-3)
  
Series
  - Sun Tracks

Related Interest
  - Poetry


Cell Traffic presents new poems and uncollected prose poetry along with selected work from award-winning poet Heid Erdrich's three previous poetry collections. Erdrich's new work reflects her
Funny, sexy, rowdy, and surprising, these poems pretty much cover
the entire human existence. She is an original. Buy this book now.

— Sherman Alexie

A marvelously rich and satisfying book.

—North American Review

To read Erdrich's work is to get caught up in the rapids of a powerful river.

—So to Speak Journal

continuing concerns with the tensions between science and tradition, between spirit and body. She finds surprising common ground while exploring indigenous experience in multifaceted ways: personal, familial, biological, and cultural. The title, Cell Traffic, suggests motion and Erdrich considers multiple movements—cellular transfer, the traffic of DNA through body parts and bones, "migration" through procreation, and the larger "movements" of indigenousness and ancestral inheritance.

Erdrich's wry sensibility, sly wit, and keenly insightful mind have earned her a loyal following. Her point of view is always slightly off center, and this lends a particular freshness to her poetry. The debunking and debating of the science of origins is one of Erdrich's focal subjects. In this collection, she turns her observational eye to the search for a genetic mother of humanity, forensic anthropology's quest for the oldest known bones, and online offers of genetic testing. But her interests are not limited to science. She freely admits popular culture into her purview as well, referencing sci-fi television series and Internet pop-up ads.


Top of Page


Orders:
(800) 621-2736
Office:
(520) 621-1441

© 2012 The University of Arizona Press
Main Library Building, 5th Floor
1510 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055