Matthew Sivils' Edited Collection of Alexander Posey Poetry Published by University of Nebraska Press
Muscogee (Creek) writer and humorist Alexander Posey (1873–1908) lived most of his short but productive life in the Muscogee Nation, in what is now Oklahoma. He was an influential political spokesperson, an advocate for improving conditions in Indian Territory, and one of the most prominent American Indian literary figures of his era.
Matthew Wynn Sivils is an assistant professor of English at Iowa State University. He is also the editor of Alexander Posey's Chinnubbie and the Owl: Muscogee (Creek) Stories, Orations, and Oral Traditions (Nebraska 2005). Song of the Oktahutche collects for the first time all of Posey’s poetry, which has until now been scattered in various rare volumes, either unpublished or replete with textual errors. His highly regarded poems constitute the largest body of Native poetry from the turn of the twentieth century. Matthew Wynn Sivils draws on extensive archival research to produce a complete, accurate, and meticulously annotated edition of Posey’s poetry that will further enrich and personalize the legacy of this remarkable Native author.
Praise for Song of the Oktahutche:
“The most prolific American Indian writer of his time, Posey offers perhaps the best opportunity to study Indian Territory at the turn of the twentieth century and to study him as a writer who found himself committed to both tribal culture and modern America. This study lays the groundwork for a major critical study of Posey as an American Indian literary intellectual.”
—Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., author of Alex Posey: Creek Poet, Journalist, and Humorist
“Posey must be one of the great semi-secrets of American literature. This edition helps bring Posey into the limelight, where many readers can at last appreciate his legacy. Besides reprinting the published poems, Song of the Oktahutche is chock-full of previously unpublished gems that deepen the picture of Posey's work. . . . Moreover, by turning to a rich archive of manuscripts, Sivils not only gives us poems we did not have before, but also gives us better versions of many of the poems that were (with dedicated research) already available.”
—Robert Dale Parker, author of The Invention of Native American Literature