Buffalo dance: the journey of York

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University Press of Kentucky, 2004 - History - 71 pages
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A rare blend of history and art, Buffalo Dance is a unique collection of persona poems that tell the story of the infamous Lewis and Clark expedition from the point of view of Clark's slave, York. Breathing lyrical life into an important but often ignored historical figure, these poems form a narrative of York's saga -- a journey from slavery to freedom, from the plantation to the great northwest, from humble servant to soul yearning to be free.While referencing actual historical dates, events, landmarks, journal entries, and published quotes from other members of the party, acclaimed Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker fictionalizes York's thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, and desires to reveal an individual who embodies incredible inner strength in spite of his status as a slave, is reverential of the great outdoors, full of pathos yet compassionate and ultimately heroic.

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Buffalo dance: the journey of York

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Having given us Affrilachia, a best-selling collection about growing up black in Appalachia, Walker crafts a narrative in the voice of York, the slave who accompanied Lewis and Clark. Read full review

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Love the way Walker envisions York's voice out of plain language and beautiful turns of phrase. Read full review

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Frank X Walker is the author of "Black Box," "Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York," and "Affrilachia. "The recipient of a 2005 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Thomas D. Clark Award for Literary Excellence, Walker is Writer-in-Residence at Northern Kentucky University.

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