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...

Native Poem-A-Day #13

I LOVE Tiffany Midge on Facebook. Like I try not to look like too much of a stalker, and not “like” and comment on every post. But I definitely look forward to what she says every day! Tiffany is both hilarious and thought-provoking, and in this I see some of her most...

Native Poem-A-Day #11

Ishmael Angaluuk Hope! Of course I knew I was going to take a peek at some of Ishmael’s poems during this month. I’ve been following his posts on Facebook during our “hunker down” mandate, and they bring me a little closer to Tlingit-y home....

Native Poem-A-Day #10

I’m not sure what it says about my emotional state, but when I saw “Native American Poetry for Kids” I was like TES PLEASE. And I set myself up for some nice, light, possibly rhyming verse. So I had to almost laugh after I read this first. Not because it was funny but...

Native Poem-A-Day -#9

Okay. I love this poem! Lol Maybe because I’m actually a dog person and I’m surrounded by cats all day, but this poem is so CUTE. I really don’t know that Heid E. Erdrich would love that I am saying it is cute, but it made me feel like running out and getting a puppy....

Native Poem-A-Day #7

Completing the first week of Native Poem-A-Day, I thought I would spend the same amount of time (a lot) finding a poem that really spoke to me, or looking at all these Native poets I’ve always wanted to spend more time with. But this one – Star Quilt by...