Be With by Forrest Gander, Master of the Long Poem
"Be With" is a collection of different kinds and forms of poetry. It is less a collection of poems than it is meditations upon the personal and the intimate, even when it talks about things that’s aren’t personal or intimate. It is a collection of poetry that is about the beauty of language, and how beauty and language can be used to describe and evoke profoundly deep feelings.
Hungarian born Joseph Pulitzer was the first to call for the training of journalists at the university level in a school of journalism. And certainly, the lasting influence of the Pulitzer Prizes on journalism, literature, music, and drama is to be attributed to his visionary acumen.
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Poet, Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee
Creek Nation, will represent both her Indigenous culture and
those of the United States when she succeeds Tracy K. Smith
as the country's 23rd poet laureate consultant in poetry
(the official title) this fall.
They Told Me His Name was Sitting Bull
the great grandson of the old chief
he reached across my arm
to fill his glass
from the pitcher
his excuse to sit closer
"where you from" ?
he is from southwest Oklahoma
i am from the northeast part
"i have been looking for you for six
hundred miles," he tells me
in the brown hills of his eyes
i smile hiding my teeth
between the branches of oaks
in Tahlequah Hills
"come with me" he squeezes my arm
the sioux horseman rides away
across my shoulder
i shake my head
and drown his horse in the water
of the Illinois River.
Question: Why do you think she
drowned his horse in the Illinois
🌜 Huntersmoon It's metaphorical. My impression (guess ) is that the horse is symbolic of a hand and the Illinois river reference is to white men (i.e. eastern U.S.) customs.
Gabriella Joy Harjo has a mission she undertakes each time she writes a poem.
In the early 1800s the Mvskoke Indians were forcibly moved from their
land in Mississippi to Indian Territory which is now part of Oklahoma
Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returned to her family's land.
Joy Harjo "finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts
the site where her people essentially disappeared." From her beginnings
in the Native Rights Movement, her personal life has been intertwined with
tribal histories and living in the ruins of injustice.
FYI: As of 29 January 2018, 573 Native American tribes were recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of the United States. Of these, 231 are located in Alaska.
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Toni Morrison, one of the most widely acknowledged American novelists, won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, the first novel in a trilogy about an enslaved black woman who escapes with her 2-year-old daughter. The novel was adapted into a movie in 1998.
Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, making her the first black woman to win the award. She also won the 1996 National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letter, and she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2012.
*News Source: NPR
"Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while," President, Barack Obama