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”