This collection by Karenne Wood is essentially a collection of word weavings. Some of the weavings are voices from the deep history of the Americas, who surface to remind us of their names. Others rise up from the storehouse of mythic origin stories. As you read these poems, you can hear the plants growing that make the paper for the book, the materials of the weavings. Such is the power of these poems.
—Joy Harjo, Mvskoke poet, musician, performer, and teacher
'Words . . . keep faith with each other / and earth' in Wood's broad and illuminating new book centered on indigenous persistence along the Eastern Seaboard. Personas such as Matoaka, who the world came to know as Pocahontas, and others tell us their long-obscured truths. These poems move us through indigenous history to reveal our presence today—in an act of resistance and revelation and faith.
—Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems
Weaving the Boundary is a rare work of ranging significance: a lyric art that traverses the hemisphere through five centuries, inscribing the past against history, land against geography, home against wilderness, a cry against what is Not-There. It is all of what happened, not some of what some have said happened,
and it is also a poetry of continuous incarnation,
humming with reverence and ferocity, a poetry of calling forth both the living and the dead, aware that it is through utterance you come into being.
Wood has given us a deep gift, poetry radiant with what must be said.
—Carolyn Forché, poet
Wood delivers an absorbing read about love and betrayal, loss and forgiveness, a violent history with real and imagined people.
—Indian Country Today
These poems impress through Wood's adept control of voice.
—Kenyon Review Online
Her prose is gentle, lyrical or vigorous one moment, and deeply intimate the next. And haunting, always haunting!
—Impressions of a Reader