The University of Arizona Press, 2015
In Tributaries, poet Laura Da' lyrically surveys Shawnee history alongside personal identity and memory. With the eye of a storyteller, Da' creates an arc that flows from the personal to the historical and back again. In her first book-length collection, Da' employs interwoven narratives and perspectives, examines cultural archetypes and historical documents, and weaves rich images to create a shifting vision of the past and present.
"The poems create an almost documentary movement that begins with the personal/authorial, delves deeply into the past, and returns us again to consider who the Shawnee are today." —Heid E. Erdrich, author of Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems
"In this exciting debut, Laura Da' draws on her Shawnee ancestry and weaves historical narratives with alternate perspectives and voices to create a deeply resonant work. She has a gift for sharp visual images and similes, and these are tough, clear-eyed poems." —Arthur Sze, author of Compass Rose
Laura Da’ is a poet and public school teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son.