Fireside surprises: Horse in the flames and a rocket launch on the phone

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Photo: Indie Art South

Saturday was a busy day, and a chilly one here in North Florida. That evening, I finally finished all my to-dos and my son-in-law Joshua Knight offered to build us a fire. I’d tossed a couple hints out, and he accommodated. We had great kindling, and at first, the flames shot high until everything in the fire pit settled down.

Only later did I notice an image in the flames, and later again, an impressive photo he showed me. Continue reading “Fireside surprises: Horse in the flames and a rocket launch on the phone”

Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame

I knew what to expect from the poems of Jennifer Reeser in her new collection Indigenous. I knew I’d get what I’d gotten every time I read her poetry. Brilliance. This woman who speaks a number of languages, including Russian, French, and more than one Native American language, simply put, puts the majority of US poets to shame. Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame”

As 2019 wanes, US Library of Congress leaves insult to Native American in place

bricks symbol for brickbatsIn June, 2019, I wrote a column to call attention to misleading information the US Library of Congress published. The LOC, enthusiastically announcing the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s new poet laureate, claimed in the subhead to the article that Harjo is the first Native American to serve as US poet laureate. Poet A.M. Juster attempted to get the record set straight, as did I.

Harjo was not the nation’s first native American to serve in that capacity, unless you play word games with reality or opt for politics over truth. Continue reading “As 2019 wanes, US Library of Congress leaves insult to Native American in place”

‘Indigenous’ author Reeser tapped for ‘Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event

Poet and author Jennifer Reeser has been tapped by the Louisiana Book Festival to present her new book ‘Indigenous’ during ‘The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event. Reeser will be there on November 2 for the event in the state capitol complex in Baton Rouge. Approximately 24,000 people are expected to attend. Continue reading “‘Indigenous’ author Reeser tapped for ‘Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents’ event”

Reeser’s ‘Strong Feather’ sonnet like a kick in the gut

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Poet Jennifer Reeser (used with permission)

Poet Jennifer Reeser has a new sonnet at Rattle, a print and online magazine known for publishing poets laureate and emerging voices. The sonnet, “Strong Feather Buries the White Woman’ is powerful, not just in terms of the history of our young country, the US, but in terms of my personal history.

By coincidence as I read her sonnet for the first time, I was also engrossed in Reeser’s latest collection, Indigenous. In between reading those poems, I’ve been immersed in reading the A Song of Ice and Fire novels the HBO series Game of Thrones was based upon. Her work is a perfect fit for those novels. Why? Continue reading “Reeser’s ‘Strong Feather’ sonnet like a kick in the gut”