In this long-anticipated collection, Belin daringly maps the poetics of womanhood, the body, institution, family, and love. Depicting the personal and the political, Of Cartography is an exploration of identity through language. With poems ranging from prose to typographic and linguistic illustrations, this distinctive collection pushes the boundaries of traditional poetic form.
Marking territory and position according to the Diné cardinal points, Of Cartography demands much from the reader, gives meaning to abstraction, and demonstrates the challenges of identity politics.
“Esther G. Belin’s newest collection of poetry, Of Cartography, is a moving and innovative work, bringing together poetry and indigenous experiences and knowledge of space.”—Transmotion
“[Of Cartography] digs into the cultural and physical representation of Navajo language, how landscape shapes identity and what it means to be Indian.”—High Country News
“At once conceptual art, a poetic narrative, and a holistic exploration of locating oneself through language.”—Jennifer Elise Foerster, author of Leaving Tulsa