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What is in our bodies to be told has come from the land—on the page, I become the creator of both, and I press my pen into them, like a rib Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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I shouldn’t be thinking of Santa Claus in March. But, this picture I took in the desert behind my house was taken in October. Besides, I wanted to write something less heavy about language and words, their power to make a thing more itself, to make one thing another. I showed this picture to my Elder, and he said, "Well, I guess no Christmas this year. Santa is dead." Which reminded by of Charles Harper Webb's poem, "The Death of Santa Claus." For this post, I’m going to share an anecdote about Santa-- The Mojave word for Christmas is Nyevathii... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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So if every word is Promethean, why shouldn’t I rivet them all to the rock and tear them open? What a gift: to know every word a word has ever meant. What a wound: to know every word a word has ever meant— Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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In Mojave, the words we use to describe our emotions are literally dragged through our hearts before we speak them—they begin with the prefix wa-, a shortened form of iiwa, our word for heart and chest. So we will never lightly ask, How are you? Instead, we ask very directly about your heart. We have one way to say that our hearts are good, and as you might imagine if you’ve ever read a history book or lived in this world, we have many ways to say our hearts are hurting. The government came to us first in the form... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Losing Farther, Losing Faster: Reading Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” While Trying to Save My Native Language Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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Mar 23, 2014