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...

Native Poem-A-Day #6

I am having a very disassociated day. Just a pileup of emotions that took me over and my body decided it had enough. This brought me to today’s poem choice. I honestly looked and looked for an hour. I glanced over so many and nothing – not even poems I...

Native Poem-A-Day #4 and #5

Whew. Okay. I had a rough day yesterday just DEALING with all things COVID, and I just decided to deal with it by being overly busy in things that I didn’t necessarily have to finish but wanted to. So I’m jamming two days into one here! These are both by...

Native Poem-A-Day #3

I am a big fan of Louise Erdrich’s books, but I had never looked into her poetry. And yet, now that I’ve read several, her voice is SO in her poems it’s almost comforting. That being said, I felt this poem, “Captivity,” almost viscerally. Louise has such a brilliant...