It's almost the end of April -- and the end of the one month out of the year when poetry is given its five minutes at the literary open mic -- metaphorically speaking. While this list is short, it celebrates new and soon-to-be released works by Native and indigenous poets -- some you've heard of, some maybe not so much. I'm especially looking forward to Joy Harjo’s co-edited anthology that includes both emerging poets and established writers. Remember, poetry may be small but it carries a big stick -- year round.
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry
"This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize–winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets..." Edited by Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foester.
Natalie Diaz$16.00 $14.72
The poetry of Mojave American and Latina poet, Natalie Diaz, resists erasure. “Diaz’s collection is no doubt one of the most important poetry releases in years, one to applaud for its considerable demonstration of skill, its resistance to dominant perspectives and its light wrought of desire.” —The New York Times Book Review
Lois Beardslee$15.99 $14.71
"With a text richly packed with facts, tales and voices we all need to know more about, Beardslee slices through categorizations and refreshes truth."-- Naomi Shihab Nye.
Gwen Benaway$20.00 $18.00
Anishinaabe and Métis poet Benaway addresses the transfeminine experience and the legacy of colonialism in this, her fourth collection.
N. Scott Momaday$28.99 $26.09
“…The bear’s journey is mythic, a migration through tragedy and beauty, over lands rich with horses and stories. When you read these poems, you will learn to hear deeply the sound a soul makes as it sings about the mystery of dreaming and becoming.” -- Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation, U.S. Poet Laureate. Momaday is a member the Kiowa tribe.
Beth Filson is a writer, educator and self-taught artist. Her poetry and prose have appeared in various magazines including The Los Angeles Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. She has a number of technical and first-person publications in her field including chapters in Searching for a Rose Garden: Fostering Mad Studies, and she co-authored Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guide. Originally from Savannah, GA, Beth lives in Easthampton, MA.