Pots and Other Living Beings is a literally and visually compelling first poetry collection by upcoming Indigenous artist annie ross. The text combines socially conscious poems with geographically grounded photographs, each describing an aspect of living in the postmodern, neoliberal age. All compositions emphasize in evocative ways our times’ disillusions and disenchantments, promised and failed utopias, material and cultural ruins, alienations and dispossessions. The work stems from the poet’s gathering of thousands of photographs and field notes during a research trip to the Southwestern United States, exploring the founding, making, dreaming, and proliferation of nuclear weapons since the 1940s. The poems in Pots and Other Living Beings hint at and reflect upon the food, arts, schools, hospitals, family farms, and alternate existences peoples could have enjoyed if our resources, imagination, time, and energy had been directed towards l i f e, in all of its forms.
annie ross is an Indigenous (Maya/Irish) painter, weaver, and teacher, working with and in community in the beautiful Canadian West, with love and thanks for all that is Wild, Sacred, and Good. Pots and Other Living Beings is her first book.
"In annie ross’s premier collection, images speak silently to one another, the poet speaks of the images and weaves, and we the readers watch and listen and finally begin to help in the weaving. A nimble, broken love song, a gathering song, full of grief and full of admiration."
—Joanne Arnott, Author of _Halfling Spring_ and _A Night for the Lady_
"_ Pots and Other Living Beings_ holds the ache of hard embrace. annie ross is a corn mother, anima of all sharp-teethed legacies of living earth and sky beasts. She is grinding stones, mixing rust and resins to our changing customs.
—Elizabeth Woody Author of _Seven Hands, Seven Hearts_ and _Luminaries of the Humble_