Poems

William Heath: ‘Americana’, ‘Before the Revolution’ and ‘Intimations’

Americana She was a Hopi, he a Pequot, they had degrees from MIT and were expecting. Both were adopted by white parents. They lived in New York, planned to return to the Hopi reservation so that their child could grow up Indian. The Hopi, however, are very traditional. They don’t accept mixed marriages. Yet he was sure his high-tech skills would prove useful and win acceptance. “I’ll tell them what I bring to the table,” he kept repeating, as if convincing us was the same as convincing them. William Heath Before the Revolution           for Turgenev The bookish son, university-bound,…

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