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'Soldiers of Bone,' a Poem by Simon Moya-Smith for National Poetry Month
SOLDIERS OF BONE Demented, tormented. Images of mine head, Film my eyes, rheumy, liquor-doused, thoughts decrepit. Spitting ink – A pungent flavor, like that of failure. Harken!...
'Prescription Sticks,' a Poem by Diane Glancy for National Poetry Month
Today's work comes from poet, author and filmmaker Diane Glancy, and is inspired by the tools used by medicine men known as prescription sticks or prayer sticks...
'A New Language,' a Poem by Casandra M. Lopez for National Poetry Month
Casandra M. Lopez
A NEW LANGUAGE My words are always collapsing upon themselves, they feel too tight in my mouth. I want a new language...
Life in Miniature: The Deeply Poetic Thoughts of Al Hunter
Al Hunter has been many things. He has served as chief of Rainy River First Nations in Ontario and is a member of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty No. 3...
'The Rez,' a Poem by Dennis Tom for National Poetry Month
The following poem comes to us from Dennis Tom, Navajo, and for those unfamiliar with types of poetry we'll point out that it's a sestina -- an originally-Italian poetic form that ...
'Mother Tongue,' a Poem by Dawn Karima Pettigrew for National Poetry Month
Dawn Karima Pettigrew
The following poem comes to us from Dawn Karima Pettigrew, a writer, educator and radio host (for more details on her, see the biographical information that follows the poem)...
Celebrating National Poetry Month, Turtle Island Style
April is National Poetry Month, an annual celebration of verse initiated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996...
Kicking Off National Poetry Month: 'Drum,' by Alex Jacobs
April is National Poetry Month, and all month long we'll be bringing you a selection of works by poets, both established and new, from Indian country...
Poetic Confluence: Writers of Native Verse Explore Shared Roots
The word poetry can evoke echoes of everything from Shakespearean sonnets to minimalist Japanese haiku...
Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz, Joseph Bruchac Among Native Literary Luminaries Gracing Indigenous Poetry Forum in New York City
Poetry has long both reflected and guided Native experience, starting with oral communication down through the generations...
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