Published April 1st 2008 by Fulcrum Publishing
Lines from a Mined Mind is the kind of writing you’d want to read in a post-apocalytic world. It’s a dark, gritty, world that John Trudell creates–but it’s more than just a creation– it’s a view of the human condition that no one can really stand to see.
The reality of being Being just is
We are being being human being
Our human is temporary
An experience of being
In the evolution of being
John Trudell–Santee Sioux activist, actor, poet, and recording artist has written a passionate collection of poetry that spans several decades. Trudell, Santee Sioux, was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell’s wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this horrific tragedy that Trudell began to find his voice as an artist and poet, writing, in his words, “to stay connected to this reality”.
Lines from a Mined Mind begins with the collection entitled ‘Tribal Voice: 1983′ and concludes with the collection entitled, ‘The Moremes: 2007′. Twenty-four years of poetry in one collection! Trudell’s poetry is at its best when he is loving and living–his reality is full of hope, optimism, and inherent knowledge that he is one with the world. He also does it in a way where there isn’t a tinge of New Agism, or hokey-balogne pan-Indian spiritualism. Trudell knows what it means to be Indian and doesn’t let anyone tell him how it should be.
Their music you know the songs
Life always carries
You know every culture has songs
Well anyway their music was
You know like you didn’t wanna dance
If you didn’t know how
Which says something strange
-Baby Boom Che in ‘AKA Graffiti Man:1986’
Colonization, poverty, the horrific treatment of Indians by the United States government, materialism are the powers that will him to be silent–but his transcendent, enduring fire for the world he loves–will never let him be silent.
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