All Eyes on Me: A Collection of Diné Poetry
The collection is a mix of personal thought and memory not unlike those that fill every person’s day. The memories of youthful angst against conformity evolve into an introspective line of self-determination. Poems of family troubles blend into poems of love and heartbreak. Capitalism and classism make their way to a reservation backdrop exposing the invasion of western life into reservation blues.
Rick Abasta dissects contemporary Diné issues in this collection of 30 poems.
About the Author
Rick Abasta is Tó áhání (Near the Water people) born for Filipino. His maternal grandfathers are Kin łichíí’nii (Red House people) and his paternal grandfathers are Filipino. He was born on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona and raised in Window Rock and St. Michaels, Arizona.
Rick published several zines while attending Window Rock High School including The Zoo, Terra Incognita, and Human Persona, Inc. In college, he published two additional all-Native poetry zines, Plethoric Renditions of Existence and More Plethoric Renditions of Existence. On April 20, 2005, he began Ma’ii Productions and seven months later, published Terra Incognita: An Alternative Diné Zine. He has worked in advertising and editorial capacities for Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Navajo Times, Char-Koosta News, Native American Times, and Gallup Sun.
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