Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of the poetry collections
The Straits, The Cormorant Hunter's Wife, and
Hyperboreal. She received a Whiting Writer's Award, the
Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the USA Projects Creative Vision
Award, an American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and
fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska State Council on
the Arts, Alaska Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Native Arts and
Cultures Foundation, and the School for Advanced Research.
"Milk Black Carbon is at once a brilliant work of lyric art
and a decoding of knowledges written 'in the dark cursive of a wolf
/ circling on sea ice.' Kane's is a vertiginous sensibility,
chiseled into language in a precarious time, as the rising seas
'rephrase us.' She writes in English and Inupiaq Eskimo, toward a
horizon of radical futurity, against nostalgia, with awareness that
there is no turning back. This is a twenty-first-century poetry,
urgent, necessary, and of its time."
"Her latest book of poetry contains themes of motherhood and the relationships between land and peoples, and ever present is her unmatched mastery of form and language. . . . Unique to Milk Black Carbon is the palpable sense of urgency throughout the poems."
--Jen Rose Smith
"The black ink of a strong, strong hand. A rare and real word-world, mind-muscled into serious relief, stopped into dream and meaning."
--Olena Kalytiak Davis