San Francisco's new poet laureate—a Native American and native San Franciscan—explores urban space and the natural world.
"The city presses palms flat against the thought of /Afternoon winds and has a brief fantasy of creeks"—Kim Shuck, "The 43"
Deer Trails is the seventh volume of the San Francisco Poet Laureate Series. It is a strongly elegiac evocation of a San Francisco buried under the contemporary urban landscape, but sometimes still peeking through. A Native American and native San Franciscan, Kim Shuck calls on ancestors and the presence of natural flora as forms of resistance to the city's increasing gentrification and erasure of memory. Whether shrouded in fog or inhabiting a dried creek bed, Kim Shuck's San Francisco groans beneath the bonds of its Manhattanized infrastructure and endures in the presence of indigenous plants and birds. This is work that speaks of a commitment to place.
Praise for Deer Trails and Kim Shuck
"Kim Shuck's serpentine lyrics sing the streets, hills, trees, fog, and rain of San Francisco, as well as the city's deeper cartography of watersheds, village sites, shellmounds, trade paths, and deer trails. As you navigate this book, listen closely: the poems transform into maps, prayers, and medicine that offer healing, wonderment, and joy in our difficult times. 'Travel grateful,' the poet lovingly advises. 'Travel safe.’"––Craig Santos Perez
"Deer Trails is a work of maturity and passion from one of Native America’s best poets. Kim Shuck is a poet whose dedication to indigenous reality is unquestionable and admirable. The Tsalagi people live in a cherished memory of honor and peace. The poems in Deer Trails are a testament to these ends. I am proud to call her sister."––Lance Henson
"Made of leaps of beginning after beginning of images that sound as well as visually show nature's humanity in a montage––naming en route to organic epiphanies––that's the idiomatic brilliance of Kim Shuck's actually quite sophisticated poems of simplicity."––Jack Hirschman
"What Kim Shuck is writing is vital and vibrant."—Dr. Dawn Karima Pettigrew, author of The Way We Make Sense