One of our generation's most important literary voices, Esther G. Belin was raised in the Los Angeles area as part of the legacy following the federally run Indian relocation policy. Her parents
completed the Special Navajo Five-Year Program that operated from 1946 to 1961 at Sherman Institute in Riverside, California. Drawing from this experience, her poetry, activism, and multimedia work
speaks to larger issues of urban Indian identity, acceptance, adaptation, and cultural estrangement.
At once conceptual art, a poetic narrative, and a holistic exploration of locating oneself through language.
—Jennifer Elise Foerster, author of Leaving Tulsa
In this long-anticipated collection, Belin daringly maps the poetics of womanhood, the
body, institution, family, and love. Depicting the personal and the political, Of Cartography is an exploration of identity through language. With poems ranging from prose to typographic and
linguistic illustrations, this distinctive collection pushes the boundaries of traditional poetic form.
Marking territory and position according to the Diné cardinal points, Of
Cartography demands much from the reader, gives meaning to abstraction, and demonstrates the challenges of identity politics.