I think I just want to drown in poetry for my next creative project. I don’t know about you, dear readers, but November has been transformative for me. I’ve been chaotic and melancholy with mild intervals of maturity due to retrospective divination sessions and meditations. And my Thanksgiving was…I suppose 60% okay. I observe the National Day of Mourning protest of the Native American tribes each year out of respect for the history behind this day.
I took time to read some Native American literature too. Wendy Rose’s powerful words got to me.
And with that poem and her statement about how poetry helped her, I was reminded I’ve why I’ve been writing poetry since the 5th grade. My heart is stirring many things right now, mostly because of old and new pains. Poetry is the best medicine for me right now.
Also, thank you to those who have reacted, shared, and commented on my excerpt of “Lightning Strike”. I’m sincerely grateful for your support.
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily or mental and spiritual John Stuart Mill […]
I’ve been angry about this for over 24 hours and I need to let it go because I am not going to argue with ignorant minds on the Internet, but I just want to say this: Western academia is not the gatekeeper of historical truth. Just because an event in history wasn’t published by the University of Harvard or Oxford or whatever doesn’t mean “it didn’t happen” or that “there is no evidence”, especially when it comes to the history of indigenous people who weren’t even granted the privilege to have their history published for so long, let alone speak English. Regarding the history of American Natives, there are less than 60 Native American Studies programs in America. That’s a drop in the pool of other historical studies programs that focus solely on British or Eastern European history. Lastly, there will always be glimpses and events in history where no matter how far an archaeologist digs, how many books a scholar reads, or how many ancient texts or artifacts a historian or linguist may observe, we will never know the complete truth and we should accept that. Support understanding the wonders of history, but don’t act like the truth and nature of humanity is absolute. I mean, really, go ahead and claim omnipotence. Let’s see how far you get with that.