14 Possibilities of Native Poetry

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Natalie Diaz, Featured Guest Editor for the January edition of Connotation Press, has curated a portfolio titled “14 Possibilities of Native Poetry.” In her introduction she poses the question, What is Native poetry?, and then responds:

What is Native poetry means there can be infinite possibilities, infinite poets and their infinite poems who might be an answer. It is only when we answer this question, when we try to define what a native poet should be writing, what a native poet shouldn’t be writing, which native poets can write, which cannot write, that we begin to get smaller, that we silence the voices of our own possibility.

The poets in this issue include: Sammie Bordeaux-Seeger, Jake Skeets, Kateri Menominee, Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, Tommy Pico, Monique Sanchez, Pagie Buffington, Frank Waln, Michael Wasson, Franklin K.R. Cline, Celeste Adame, b: william bearhart, Millissa Kingbird, and Tanaya Winder.

A perfect selection of poems to ring in the New Year—possibilities indeed!


Tiffany is a humor columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network. Her award-winning books are The Woman Who Married a Bear and Outlaws, Renegades, and Saints. She is Hunkpapa Lakota. Follow her on Twitter @TiffanyMidge. More from this author →