A Casino Bestiary continues Denise Low’s exploration of the frontier West, what it means for Indigenous and settler citizens, its myths and boundaried realities. This is the most personal of Low’s books, full of wit, sting, surprise. Cover art by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Spartan Press (September 9, 2017), $12.00, 64 pages ISBN-10: 1946642134 ISBN-13: 978-1946642134 Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Kevin Rabas, Kansas Poet Laureate, has this to say about Casino Bestiary: “Denise Low-Weso, a prolific polymath, is the author of 25 books of poetry and prose. She has a poet’s heart and a scholar’s mind, and she sounds the depths of where she’s researched and been and lived, capturing moments with Wm S. Burroughs, Thelonious Monk, and rooms of ghosts.”


Wolverine triplets zing a match but one zags away.

Add dollars and shake hands with chrome handles.

Two yellow coyotes snarl and curl tails. Spin again.

A shaggy elk bull rises but stumbles downstream.

Add quarters and hear silver waterfalls tinkle.

Three rabbits disappear and appear and disappear.

Jaguar has a cameo role and departs grinning.

Add dimes and hear Wheel of Fortune ding-dong-ding.

Three honking geese fly in a line then falter.

White-tailed deer leap one after another after another.

Add buffalo nickels, buffalo nickels, buffalo nickels, buffalo nickels.

Prairie dogs on the screen swivel. Watch them vanish.