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English 102 (Writing About Literature) Research Guide: Bohn poetry criticism

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Poetry criticism tip:  Remember that poems are rarely published individually, and are most often published in collections! If there is limited criticism on the exact poem you are looking for, take a look at criticism/context sources relating to the poetry collection as a whole.

  • Sherman Alexie - "The Powwow at the End of the World" - Collection is The Summer of Black Widows.
  • Harryette Mullen - "We Are Not Responsible" - Collection is Sleeping with the Dictionary.

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Dominant culture



Native Americans -- Forced removal


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Suggested articles

"Entries on a Post-Language Poetics in Harryette Mullen's Dictionary" - In-depth poetic analysis of Mullen's collection "Sleeping with the Dictionary."

"Overview: 'The Powwow at the End of the World'" (Poetry for Students) - Brief summary and sentence-by-sentence analysis.

"The Powwow at the End of the World" (Poetry for Students) - Includes a summary, detailed critical analysis, and suggestions for further reading.

"Sleeping with the Dicitonary" - Brief critical analysis from a peer-reviewed journal.

"'Word Plays Well with Others': Harryette Mullen's Sleeping with the Dictionary" - Brief review and analysis of "Sleeping with the Dictionary."