The Sky Watched bears witness to native experience. In Grover’s work, time runs backwards through Ojibwe creation myths and explanation tales to find strength for the later years of boarding school and all the upheavals of the new world. Family plays a major role as does the roundness of moon, owl nest, gratitude, and the “grace of this merciful earth. There is heaven and hell in these heavenly poems.
-Daine Glancy, author of Pushing the Bear
Linda LeGarder Grover’s The Sky Watched is a poetic reaction, in a wonderfully realistic voice, of spirit and essence of the Ojibwe people. Read it and be transformed, as readers of Beowulf and El Cid and other national epics have been throughout the ages
-Geary Hobson, author of Plain of Jars and other stories
Remember, remember, remember, Linda Grover’s wonderful book demands. And she does. Again, and Again. Old tales from the Ojibwe tradition and new stories from mission schools and relocations where “a tangle of children smell home in their dreams.” She captures the taste of recipes and the feel of beading braclets alongside injustice minor as a navy bean and major as lost language. These are poems as sad and essential as field of cotton flowers. You will remember them.
-Jeffrey Thompson author of Birdwatching in Wartime and Fragile