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Clouds are the Creator's Fingerprints
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Native American

Publisher:  SynergEbooks ISBN-10:  0744300630 Type: 
Pages: 

89

Copyright:  Jan 1 2000
Non-Fiction

A collection of Native American poetry and poetry dealing with emotions. This work is written under the name of Claywoman.

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Claywoman's Haven

Clouds are the Creator's Fingerprints is a collection of ecological minded poetry based on the Native American prospective. I wrote them within the last seven years. They tell of my religious belief in the Earth as a healer and my experiences through depression and the emotional roller coaster of life.

This book is one of hope and horror, love and self-hatred, the love of friends and family. The pictures were taken by a good friend, Theresa Jodray, who portrayed each of the poems in the background of Alaska. I hope to take the reader on a journey, the journey of life.


Excerpt

Native American writing differs from the norm because each poem takes the reader full circle, for life itself is a circle. There is no real beginning nor is there an end, for all things in life is dependent upon everything else to exist cohesively. My life impacts your with this reading. So take your time and savor each poem, go on a journey with me through the world and my eyes. Sometimes I will take you rapidly through this world and other times, I will slow you down so you can touch, taste, savor, and live in my world. I hope you feel the rage and the anger this world sometimes gives us so that we might feel and see the happiness and hear the laughter.

One of my favorite sayings is something I created and put on my computer as my screen saver, if you will permit me, I will give it to you as my offering to you.

Clouds are the Creator's fingerprints,
Rain, his tears,
Thunder, his anger,
Lightning, his wrath,
Wind, his voice,
Sunshine, his laughter,
And rainbows, his love.



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Review: Clouds are the Creator's Fingerprints
Review: CLOUDS ARE THE CREATOR’S FINGERPRINTS by Harlene Adams, Professor at CSUS In the growing genre of Native American literature we are fortunate to find an author who reaches beyond the indigenous experience to give voice to universal ecstasies and agonies with a uniquely rooted dialect. Jacqueline Anastasia, aka Claywoman, has accumulated years of insight from the conflicted perspective of a girl born Salish adopted early into a Caucasian family. Her gradual distancing from the brutal abuses of her youth and growing awareness of her biological heritage are the substance of this richly varied collection of her works. The assortment ranges thematically and artistically across a personal and cultural spectrum. She is particularly effective in her works around nature. She captures the awesome play of nature in terms of mundane human experience in Creator’s Fingerprints by describing the creation of cloud patterns as “unconscious finger doodling Like boys in a lazy stream”. She captures peak moments of animal life from within the animal’s framework, as in Buffalo and Flight of the Eagle, where the senses of a buffalo cow giving birth, and the eaglet flying, become her own. She takes us through the Native American links to life cycles, renewal, and legacy through nature in She Lives Forever, Looking Down, and The Tree. Indulging the senses almost to a giddy overwhelm, her resonance with the natural world is evident in My Lake, Your Wedding Prayer, Impressions, and Sacred Mountains. Some of the poems carry an absorbing energy and activity in every line (Summer Heat, The Eagle). She is especially skilled at building the power of a piece to its moment of peak intensity: Buffalo and Fire in the Sky are notable examples. We are privileged to glimpse intimate, almost seductive instruction into Native American rituals with Pow-Wow and The Smudge. We feel the indignation of a people and an individual rooted in this land through her political overtones in My Lake. The ever-present link between Creator and native land and people prevails throughout, often as prayers of anguish, appreciation, and joy, as in Morning Spirit, My Lake, Creator’s Fingerprints, and Why? (which exposes pain in its rawest moments through the soul’s unsophisticated shrieks). The problem of angst over relationships plagues poets of all cultures. In works like Why Do I Stay? and those in the later section, Love, Anguish & Hope, we read much of the soul’s pain in terms of “agony” and “screaming”. These early pieces echo complaints and desires of our common experience in more pedestrian language than in her more recent work. The maturity of this poet is much more in evidence when she lets metaphor and imagery carry the angst for her, as she does in Storm In My Soul. In pieces such as Who Am I? and the strong identity piece, Claywoman, Ms. Anastasia is on firmer ground. For her initial collection, Claywoman has offered up powerful evidence of a remarkably creative native soul who is giving us a privileged glimpse into her unique life journey. We are the more fortunate for her sharing. May 3, 2001

Clouds Are The Creator's Fingerprints
Clouds Are The Creator's Fingerprintsby Danielle Naibert Poetry that will touch your dreams forever. Clouds Are The Creator's Fingerprints Author: Jacqueline Anastasia ISBN: 1-931540-55-1 E-book: 6.50 CD: 7.50 Purchase Here Jacqueline Anastasia, otherwise known as Claywoman, is a poet from the heart. Her poems can touch the darkest soul and warm it into it's private sunshine. Her heritage shows with passion with her verses, and I am truly delighted to have had the honor to read her poetry collection. Claywoman's poetry is a masterpiece of harmony, soul-related and peaceful memories. She caused tears to fall from my eyes when I happened upon a poem dedicated to "White Lace", a fellow writer friend of both of ours who left us awhile back. In fact, all of Claywoman's "death songs" were truly touching and I have memorized a few of them to sing quietly to myself in my head during hard times. I could never say what poem was the most remarkable in this collection. Her poems about love, lost and anquish feelings are filled with depth. Her poetry about nature and her creator are filled with passion, and there is one poem pertaining to a childhood tradegy that made me cringe for her and with her as I read it. From her Native American poems to her poems relating to life around her, this is a poetry collection that will live on in the reader's heart. Beautiful verses, true passion and heart warmth feelings I get all from this poet's creations.


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Reader Reviews for "Clouds are the Creator's Fingerprints"

Reviewed by Susan Phillips 12/15/2003
I just read the excerpt of this book and it gave me chills. So, so beautiful.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/22/2003
An enchanting read! From Little Girl Lost, filled with terrifying demons and painful memories, to Exquisite Poet and Life Commentator, able to capture Nature's most minute miracles so eloquently. It's extremely difficult for me to pick my favorite poem. I enjoyed them all immensely.

Claywoman has truly journeyed far. And I truly believe you will enjoy sharing her journey as much as I did.
Reviewed by Lorrieann Russell 7/30/2003
I have a fondness for creative imagry. Creator's Fingerprints is full of the vivid color and essence creation. Each read through conjures a subtly different image in my mind, as though I were watching the clouds.

Well done!

Peace,
Lorrieann
Reviewed by Dove 4/9/2003
This is magnificant..!!!!
Reviewed by Retardo Culo 9/23/2002
you have been visited by the MaD cLiCkeR. In order to improve your chances for the radio show at AD. Quantity matters!! hehehehe. You are welcome!
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/5/2002
I was extremely honored to do the photography for this fine and talented lady!Awe~inspiring writing Claywoman!!
Reviewed by Hunter Montgomery 3/25/2002
A gentle voice of wisdom. Incredible writing.
Reviewed by Irene Koch 3/10/2002
True recognition of nature's holiness.
Reviewed by Eva Wright 1/22/2002
A Wonderful work of art and very inspiring!
Reviewed by Diane Hundertmark 1/14/2002
I browsed through the download preview and am duly humbled. Beautiful writing and imagry. Well done. Thank you.


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