2016 American Book Award winner
Da' superbly tells the Shawnee story and powerfully testifies to the modern continuation of their rich heritage and oral tradition, proving that her culture is no graveyard of dust-coated clay shards, but rather a living story rooted in a deep past and ever-flowing into the future.
Tributaries is filled with evocative storytelling, rich images, and an affecting depiction of recent Shawnee history. Laura Da's book makes vivid and intimate a past that, up until this point has been distant.
—The Volta Blog
Sit loose, this ride pivots! Tributaries unearths truths, splatters spectacle simmering on the searing trail Laura Da' deftly ponies us through. Unglued and unforgettable, Da' decolonizes American equilibrium. A searing debut!
—Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, author of Rock, Ghost Willow, Deer: A Story of Survivial
In this exciting debut, Laura Da' draws on her Shawnee ancestry and weaves historical narratives with alternate perspectives and voices to create a deeply resonant work. She has a gift for sharp visual images and similes, and these are tough, clear-eyed poems.
—Arthur Sze, author of Compass Rose
Poets sometimes precede historians in voicing the stories brought to them through family tales, memories, and imagined lives. In this way, I believe Tributaries enhances historical knowledge, both in the Native American literary field and in general.
—Janice Gould, author of Doubters and Dreamers
The poems create an almost documentary movement that begins with the personal/authorial, delves deeply into the past, and returns us again to consider who the Shawnee are today.
—Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems