Native Poem-A-Day #28

Oh my goodness, I needed this poem today. I feel both celebratory and worried, and it’s an interesting space to be. I want to shout from the rooftops, but feel guilty doing so. This poem by Brandi Nalani McDougall captures such a dichotomy of feeling so well. It...

Native Poem-A-Day #26

Sometimes you just need a really beautiful poem with beautiful language and poignant turns of phrases. America, I Sing Back By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke for Phil Young, my father, Robert Hedge Coke, Whitman, and Hughes America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in....

Native Poem-A-Day #25

Oh man. I was looking for a light poem, and so I opened a poem by this same author, Crisosto Apache, called “Laughter.” IT WAS NOT LIGHT. So ironically I went to this poem, and I felt much better than with the “Laughter” poem! Death By Crisisto...

Native Poem-A-Day #24

I went looking for Native poems for children, and it was actually kind of hard to find! Even some of those listed “for children” were more written for adults but not inappropriate for children. The ones I did find were actually a little older. But...

Native Poem-A-Day #22

This was kind of a cool find as I was looking for Native poets and poems. It’s a spoken word poem read by a group of Native women living in L.A. I think best experienced by actually viewing it! My Once Life By Pamela J....

Native Poem-A-Day #23

Ernestine! I’ve been looking forward to posting this poem, and today just seemed like the day. It is permanently installed at Totem Bight Park in Ketchikan, where I first encountered it. Ernestine Hayes is our current Alaska Writer Laureate. The Spoken Forest By...

Native Poem-A-Day #21

I was missing my mama today. 😢 I texted her, but not quite the same! And I used to love her brushing my hair. This poem by Gladys Cardiff just reached out to me. Combing By Gladys Cardiff Bending, I bow my headand lay my hands uponher hair, combing, and thinkhow women...

Native Poem-A-Day #16

A little over halfway through the month, and I’m back at Joy Harjo. I wasn’t initially going to repeat any poets, but today Joy posted something on Facebook about the importance of paying artists, especially in this time, and she’s been on my mind ever since. This...

Native Poem-A-Day #15

I went into some interesting places in search of a “traditional” Native poem. But it’s really difficult to verify just who is saying it is traditional, their translation, etc. So I stumbled on this Inuit “oral poet” Uvavnuk. A few online sources say she was struck by...

Native Poem-A-Day #14

I have only recently become acquainted with Heid E. Erdrich’s work after hearing about her and following her online. But now that I have finally actually read her – I’m hooked. I love her voice, and perspective, and rhythm. This poem seemed too...