With Pen & Feather
Author: Ruth Naphas Gerhardt, Gary Neeley, Jim Greenwald, Katz Cree, Mona Gallagher
Publisher: PublishAmerica (2006)
Binding: Paperback, 177 pages
This is a work of friendship, of sharing. We decided to join together in an effort to write something that was a bridge of thoughts and ideas. That allowed each of us to express what we feel, have felt and experienced.The words we wrote hold a special meaning to us, they are part of us and come from within. We included poems and stories. Stories are how things and events are handed down - it is oral history and the means by which history was preserved amongst the tribes. Your journey through this book will see us speak of love, emotion, of messages, feelings and a concern for this planet earth (Mother Earth). It is a message of mixed cultural thoughts, an expression of our Native American and non-native cultures. We hope you enjoy your journey with us. We hope to connect with you through our words and thoughts expressed in our writings. If one person sees the meaning and love that life holds, our work will have stood for something good.
Native American Prose and Poetry
There is a journey of spirit between the five different writers of this unique little book of prose and poetry called With Pen & Feather. There is a common but understated flow of energy that guides you along through their book. It is not about egos or about material things but about meaning and purpose that can be found in a simple life.
You can feel the hope in their words as they reach out to the reader with their out stretched heart. These are not deeply hidden messages. It is more of a nudge for the reader to take a gentle look within their own soul for more meaning and understanding of life.
Reading this book will not take any effort; but it is it not as simplistic as it might appear. There are deeper things just below the poet’s words that will emerge in time as you re-read some of these.
If you enjoy poetry or prose and want to relax with a thoughtful book then I recommend that you get a copy of this book.
Reviewed by: McDonald Jr,. W.H. (2007)