COLUMN NINETY-THREE, JUNE 15, 2003
(Copyright © 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)
(Copyright 2002 Joyce Metzger)
OF THE HARVEST
By Doug Draime,
Indian Heritage Publishing, 2002 (s/s 38pp)Original Limited Edition
Draime must have a raging inferno fire within his mind and soul And,
he evidently has no desire to throw water on this combustion, nor will his
passion ever be dampened down. He
is like volatile, quicksilver mercury, eager to escape, agile enough to evade
capture. His words sever and slash,
as would a scimitar sword, with verse waiting like oil of vitriol to be thrown.
has seen the whites of their eyes, and Doug knows the heart well, which belongs
to "white eye
Draime is part Mohawk Indian, but did not know of his heritage for many years.
As a poet,
tells us: "My great-grandfather, a French priest, was sent to a parish in
Canada, and very shortly thereafter met a Mohawk women, who he took as his wife,
and was defrocked from the
did enjoy Doug's words within this book.
I understand about the futilitarian aspects of what has been taught and
the confusion caused by his mixed heritage. Perhaps, we all have esoteric
secrets locked inside. If we were
visionaries, perhaps more would be explained about inner conflicts. Perhaps, it
is no more than a longing desire for our wilder, more savage, less civilized, therefore, natural selves.
wilder, more savage, less civilized, therefore, natural selves.
relished some of these scathing comments with rapid-fire delivery.
I have long advocated delving into social issues by the poets.
Who could adjust more to that thought process than the poets who are
sensitive about the injustices heaped like ash upon the heads of others, because
of circumstance, religion, or skin color?
--Slaves of the Harvest?
The captivity is as true as leather
straps sun soaked
to the bone. But the
eventual slaughter is gradual
like the aging of a bird, as
subtle as death in a coma. Always
hidden behind the scent of reward, the
global intoxication of greed, the
praise of vain glory in a brief
day. How unlike ourselves we truly are!
keen perception awarded to the quiet, lucid, acuity of true discrimination in
practicality belongs to Doug Draime. His
thoughts refuse to be fooled, nor will they allow others to force moral and
ethical judgments upon his mind. Doug's
acumen will not wear the salve of white education, which can effectively brain
wash immature minds.
swim the heated seas of humanity. They
feed voraciously upon weaker, non-thinking entities. Barracoons once held, in temporary confinement, slaves,
convicts, and captured Indians.
men introduced liquor to the Indians as a means of powerful control.
Even today, many
of the Harvest is an eye-opening revelation. Try to remember the words as you read to absorb.
Those living today are not responsible for what their great-grandfathers
have always advocated poetry with "meaning."
Doug's words are torch firebrands. They are the fourth of July rockets
ignited inside the mind that will explode throughout the entire person.
the book from Indian Heritage Publishing. Hopefully,
you will discover answers to some
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