Bessie Dreaming Bear

By Marnie Walsh 1916–1996 Marnie Walsh

Rosebud, So. Dak., 1960

we all went to town one day
went to a store
bought you new shoes
red   high heels
aint seen you since

Reprinted from A Taste of the Knife, Ahsahta Press, Boise, ID, 1976, by permission of Tom Trusky, literary executor of the Walsh estate.

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Poet Marnie Walsh 1916–1996

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern


Dakota native and Sioux writer Marnie Walsh earned a BA in history and English from Pennsylvania State University and an MA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. As a graduate student, Walsh received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Walsh is the author of novels Dolly Purdo (1975) and The Four Colored Hoop (1976), as well as a collection of poetry, A Taste of the Knife, which was published . . .

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