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MAURICE KENNY (1929 - 2016)  Mohawk 


The Mohawk poet and teacher Maurice Kenny died April 16, 2016, in Saranac Lake, New York



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Between Two Rivers.  Selected Poems 1956-1984.   Fredonia, NY:  White Pine Press, 1987.  Mohawk poet/publisher (Strawberry Press).  Front cover by Mohawk artist Rokwaho, title page drawing by Hopi/Miwok writer/artist Wendy Rose.  Near fine to fine (minor tip wear) soft cover.  Inscribed, date/place, and signed.  (ID:  5467)  $40.00  $25.00

*Blackrobe:  Isaac Jogues.  B. March 11, 1604 D. October 18, 1646.  Saranac Lake, NY: North Country Community College Press,1982.  Fine cloth volume, as new. Inscribed, dated and signed.  Very scarce signed in hard cover. (Item ID:  9099*) $150.00  SOLD

Boston Tea Party.  New York:  Con/Berry, 1982.   Originally published in Soup in 1981.  Drawings by Wendy Rose  Wrappers, as issued.  Small (1/4”) round stain on cover, otherwise fine.  Scarce.  (Item ID:  5252)  $55.00 $40.00

Carving Hawk.  New and Selected Poems.  Buffalo:  White Pine Press, 2002.  [ISBN: ISBN: 1893996596] First Edition. Cover art by Mohawk cover artist Danielle Cole.  Very light soiling a corners, crimp to upper front corner tip and the tips of about half the volume, o/w very good soft cover.  (ID: 6129)  $15.00  $7.00

Connotations.  Buffalo, NY:  White Pine Press, 2008.  Advance Galley.  Advance Galley sticker on back with publication date.  As new soft cover.  (ID:  6009) $12.00  $6.00

Dancing Back Strong the Nation.  Buffalo: White Pine Press, 1981.  Revised and expanded second edition. Illustrations by Rokwaho. Introduction by Paula Gunn Allen. (Item ID:  9066)  $35.00 $10.00

Dancing Back Strong the Nation. Introduction by Paula Gunn Allen.  Cover and Illustration by Rokwaho (Daniel Thompson).  The Blue Cloud Quarterly. Volume XXV, Number 1.  Marvin, SD:  Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1979.  Address on back cover (Small Press Review). Small crease upper right corner.  Stapled wrappers, as issued.  Fine.  (Item ID: 5346) $30.00  $20.00

For Cherokee Marie.  Who May Have Forgotten.  Binghamton:, NY:  The Bellevue Press, [n.d.].  Postcard. Fine. (Item ID:  5249)  $7.00  

Humors And/Or Not So Humorous.  Buffalo: Swift Kick, 1988.  Swift Kick #7/8. Illustrations by Seneca artist Peter Jemison.   Fine, in wrappers, as issued.  Scarce. (ID: 5433) $85.00  $50.00

“I Am the Sun.” Buffalo:  White Pine Press, 1979.  A Dodeca Paphlet Publication, 1976, and ACIA, Center News reprint, 1978.  Artwork by Rokwaho.  The full title is “I Am the Sun.  A Song of Praise, Defiance and Determination.”  First appeared in Akwesasne Note, 1973.  New material by Kenny in this edition.  Stapled pamphlet.  Pinecone logo, inside rear cover, by Helen Rundell.  The poem quotes the chant, based on a Lakota Sioux Ghost Dance Song:  “Chankpe Opi Wakpala,” Lakota Sioux meaning Wounded Knee.  Penelope Myrtle Kelsey writes that Kenny composed the poem while “immobilized on bedrest as a result of a heart condition,” frustrated that he could not join the Wounded Knee Occupation of 1973. (“An Introduction to the Works of Maurice Kenny,” [Celebrations of a Mohawk Writer, Albany:  State University of New York Press, 2011, p. 4.  Dark gold covers very lightly soiled with light crease to upper front tip, light crease to rear cover.  (ID: 6134)  $50.00  $40.00

In the Time of the Present.   East Lansing, Michigan:  Michigan State University Press, 2000.  As new soft cover.  Inscribed, dated, and signed by Kenny on the ffep.  3 card notices of other Kenny poetry publications; one has handwritten (by Kenny) noting that the book is now out.  (ID:  6007)  $35.00  $40.00

Is Summer This Bear. Saranac Lake, NY:  The Chauncy Press, 1985. The publication includes a glossary of references to elements of Mohawk culture that appear in the poems. Fine, in wrappers; as new; review copy, letter from publisher laid in. (Item ID: 5431) $35.00  $20.00

The Momma Poems.  Buffalo, NY:  White Pine Press, 1984. Second Edition.  1984 American Book Award Winner.  Cover drawing by Rokwaho. (0-934834-38-5) Spine lightly faded, light fading to blue soft covers, otherwise near fine.  (ID:  6010) $12.00

On Second Thought.  A Compilation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,1995. Foreword by Joseph Bruchac (dated Green Corn Moon); as new hard cover in as new Mylar-protected dust wrapper. (Item ID: 9093) $30.00  $20.00

On Second Thought.  A Compilation. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press,1995. Foreword by Joseph Bruchac (dated Green Corn Moon); as new hard cover in as new Mylar-protected dust wrapper. (Item ID: 6462) $30.00

On Second Thought.  A Compilation.  Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. [ISBN:   080612766X]  With a foreword by Joseph Bruchac/Green Corn Moon.  American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series.  Gerald Vizenor and Louis Owens, General Editors.  Jacket cover features Strawberry Dance by C. Peter Jemison (Seneca).  Fine hard cover in fine Mylar-protected dust wrapper.  (ID: 6462)  $30.00  $20.00

Sandpiper.  Binghamton, NY:  The Bellevue Press, [n.d.] Poem on a postcard, fine. (Item ID:  5251)  $7.00  

The Smell of Slaughter.  Marvin, SD:  Blue Cloud Quarterly Press, 1982.  The Blue Cloud Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 1. Fine gold stapled wrappers, as issued; address on back cover. (Item ID:  9101)  $35.00  $20.00

*Tkonwatonti/Molly Brant.  Poems of War.  Buffalo:  White Pine Press, 2002.  Third Printing.   Fine soft cover.  Inscribed and signed on the half title.  (ID: 6130)  $50.00 $49.00

With Love to Lesbia.  A Sheaf of Poems. New York:  Aardvark Press, 1958; stapled wrappers  as issued; very scarce printing of early poems by Kenny.  Some pages uncut.  Slight staining to back cover, tiny soiling inside front cover. Also included is a folded one-page (on blue paper) copy of an even scarcer publication; "Rivers:  Two Poems by Maurice Kenny," that includes "By the Hudson At Night" and "In the Flow," first published in With Love to Lesbia; there are no other known copies of the pamphlet. (Item ID: 5430*) $500.00 for both.     SOLD

[Collection including Kenny poems] Bruchac, Joseph, editor.  Songs From This Earth On Turtle’s Back.  Contemporary American Indian Poetry.  Greenfield Center, NY:  The Greenfield Review Press, 1983.  Stated First Edition.  Soft Cover.  [ISBN:  0912678585]  Cover illustration by Kahionhes (John Fadden).  Slight edge, tip wear, o/w near fine. Often cited by Sherman Alexie as his introduction to poetry by American Indian writers.  Has photos of many of the poets included in the anthology.  Poetry by Paula Gunn Allen, Peter Blue Cloud, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Maurice Kenny, N. Scott Momaday, Dueane Niatum, Wendy Rose, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, James Welch, and many others. (ID:  6410)   $15.00