Thursday, May 17, 2012

Native American Women's Poetry

Great Lakes Girls by Teri Greeves
Drunken Boat No. 15 features several Native women poets including Natalie Diaz, Natanya Ann Pulley, Joan Kane, dg okpik, Jennifer Foerster, Diane Glancey, Erika Wurth, Erin Bad Hand,Kateri Menominee  and Kimberly Becker, among others.  Layli Long Soldier, who edited the portfolio, writes in her introduction:   

Working with the poems in this folio, I remembered the introduction to Reinventing the Enemy’s Language—an anthology of contemporary Native women’s writings of North America. There, Joy Harjo wrote, “The literature of the aboriginal people of North America defines America. It is not exotic. The concerns are particular, yet often universal. Anyone of these lands shares in the making of this literature, this history, these connections, these songs. It is a connection […] constructed of the very earth on which we stand.” Harjo wrote this in the 90s and I mused on how to introduce the works in this, Drunken Boat’s collection, nowRead the rest here.

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