5 April 2019
” I learned my body like a blind child”–Darcy Cummings
Surgery on my eyes when I was a child resulted in my spending significant time without my vision. In the later years of her life, my mother went blind. The experience taught us both surprising things.
Make art about blindness, about being blind, about turning a blind eye, about what can be learned in the dark.
New Poets of Native Nations by Heid E. Erdrich
from Graywolf Press
from Erdrich’s introduction:
“Native nations are our homelands, our political bodies, our heritages, and the places that make us who we are as Natives in the United States of America. More than 566 Native nations exist in the U.S. and yet “Native American poetry” does not really exist. Our poetry might be hundreds of distinct tribal and cultural poetries as well as American poetry. The extraordinary poets gathered in New Poets of Native Nations have distinct and close ties to specific indigenous nations—including Alaskan Native and island nations. Most are members or citizens of a tribe: Dakota, Diné, Onondaga, Choctaw, and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (my tribe), and more than a dozen others. These nations determine their own membership and their own acceptance of descendants. My criterion that a poet have a clear connection to a Native nation has nothing to do with blood quantum, the federal basis for recognition of American Indians. Race also has nothing to do with it. Geography is not a factor. These poets live on reservations, in nations, and in cities or towns. Some of their reservations and homelands are urban; most are rural. Many of these poets have relatives across the borders of Mexico and Canada. Most are multiracial. They are also a diverse group in terms of age, gender, education, and poetic styles, but they have one thing in common. Not one of them identifies as “Native American” alone.”
Read more at LitHub.
Purchase this beautiful book here.
25 February 2019
“blessed be she who is both furious and magnificent” ―Taylor Rhodes
Make art about a woman who is furious and magnificent.
26 January 2018
Make art about not being heard.
15 December 2017
Make art about discovering hidden strengths within, about discovering you are stronger than you thought, about a specific time you called upon strength you didn’t know you had.
11 December 2017
“Sometimes, your relentless optimism makes me tired.” 🙂 my brother Bill
Make art about why that glass is half full.
6 December 2017
Make art about the roar, a time you roared, or wanted to roar, but didn’t. Make art about the need to roar, about where you carry that need to roar in the body. Write the roar.