The Storm

By Nora Marks Dauenhauer b. 1927
Like people
emerging from a steambath,
bending over,
steaming from their heads
and shoulders,
the ring of the mountains
from the Chilkat Range
to the Juneau ice field
as if in steambath towels
of snow flurries;
at their feet
are foaming white caps of sea
like water thrown on rocks
steaming from the heat.

Nora Marks Dauenhauer, “The Storm” from Life Woven with Song. Copyright © 2000 by Nora Marks Dauenhauer. Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Life Woven with Song (University of Arizona Press, 2000)

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Poet Nora Marks Dauenhauer b. 1927

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Activities, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse


Nora Marks Dauenhauer was born in Juneau, Alaska, and grew up in Juneau and Hoona; her father was a fisherman and carver, her mother a beader, and the family lived at times on a fishing boat and in seasonal camps. As a member of the Tlingit tribe, Dauenhauer’s first language was Tlingit; she did not learn English until she was eight. She earned a BA in anthropology from Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage and is the author . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Activities, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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