ABOUT Jo LeCoeur
Jo LeCoeur is a poet and fiction writer. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word. Her previous books include Blues in a Red-eye Glass, Choc'lit Milk and Whiskey Voices and Blue Orleans. She has written extensively on southern writers and culture.
ISBN: 978-1-931247-45-0 $8
"Jo LeCoeur says of Medicine Woods that 'these stories came to me as the gift of a part-Choctaw storyteller whose failing memory parallels tribal memory loss.' LeCoeur occupies these stories, makes them her own in a poetry that is supple and tightly-woven. It is as if she is the child [she writes about] wrapping her hand around the snake [in "Thick Woods Where Silence Grows"] and inside that fist becomes 'an involuntary push / toward voice.' Here, in this small book, Jo LeCoeur gives voice to poems that breathe new life into important old Choctaw stories. Medicine Woods is a collection of elegant, highly-crafted story-poems by a gifted storyteller and poet."
A Note On Translation
Poems before they were stories,
Such brightness in her. Such darkness
Even blind, we see the tribe, elongated
Sometimes the moon is in her voice—
The river glitters by without a sound