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A landmark anthology celebrating twenty-one Native poets first published in the twenty-first century

New Poets of Native Nations gathers poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range and power of new Native poetry. Heid E. Erdrich has selected twenty-one poets whose first books were published after the year 2000 to highlight the exciting works coming up after Joy Harjo and Sherman Alexie. Collected here are poems of great breadth—long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing now.

Poets included are Tacey M. Atsitty, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Laura Da’, Natalie Diaz, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Eric Gansworth, Gordon Henry, Jr., Sy Hoahwah, LeAnne Howe, Layli Long Soldier, Janet McAdams, Brandy Nalani McDougall, Margaret Noodin, dg okpik, Craig Santos Perez, Tommy Pico, Cedar Sigo, M. L. Smoker, Gwen Westerman, and Karenne Wood.

ISBN-13: 9781555978099

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Graywolf Press

Publication Date: 07-10-2018

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry, including Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media. She is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain, and lives and teaches in Minneapolis.

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Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabilnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, Arizona. She is a recipient of the Truman Capote Literary Trust Award in Creative Writing, Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and Philip Freund Prize. She holds bachelor's degrees from Brigham Young University and the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University.

Atsitty's first book is Rain Scald (2018).


Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet, writer, and artist. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she holds an MFA from Bard College. Long Soldier is a recipient of a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, the 2018 PEN/ Jean Stein Award, and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

WHEREAS (2017) is Long Soldier's first collection of poetry.



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Table of Contents

Introduction Twenty-One Poets for the Twenty-First Century Heid E. Erdrich xi

Tacey M. Atsitty 3




Paper Water

Elegy for Yucca Fruit Woman

Hole through the Rock

Layli Long Soldier 15


Whereas I Did Not Desire in Childhood

Whereas Resolution's an Act

Obligations 1

Obligations 2

Tommy Pico 29

From IRL

From Nature Poem

From Junk

Margaret Noodin 45

Waawiindamojig / The Promisers

Okanan / Bones

Winiiam Aagimeke / William Making Snowshoes

Agoozimakakiig Idiwag / What the Peepers Say

Jiikimaadizi / A Joyful Life

Mazinbii'amawaan / Sending Messages

Laura Da' 55

A Mighty Pulverizing Machine

The Haskell Marching Band

Passive Voice

Quarter Strain

Gwen Nell Westerman 65

Owotanna Sececa

Linear Process

Genetic Code

Quantum Theory

Dakota Homecoming

Theory Doesn't Live Here

Undivided Interest

Jennifer Elise Foerster 75

Leaving Tulsa

Pottery Lessons I



Blood Moon Triptych


Natalie Diaz 91

Dome Riddle

Other Small Thundering

American Arithmetic

The First Water Is the Body

Trevino L. Brings Plenty 107

For the Sake of Beauty

The Sound of It

Part Gravel, Part Water, All Indian

Blizzard South Dakota

Northeast Portland

Not Just Anybody Can Have One

Red-ish Brown-ish

Plasmic Kiln

Song Syntax Cycle

dg nanouk okpik 121


Her/My Arctic Corpse Whale

The Weight of the Arch Distributes the Girth of the Other

A Year Dot

Dog Moon Night at Noatak

She Travels

Julian Talamantez Brolaski 131

Blackwater Stole My Pronoun

In the Cut

What Do They Know of Suffering, Who Eat of Pineapples Yearround

As the Owl Augurs

Stonewall to Standing Rock

Horse Vision

The Bear and the Salmon

When It Rains It Pours

The Bear Was Born

Sy Hoahwah 145

Anchor-Screws of Culture

Toward Mount Scott

Ever Since I Can Remember

What Is Left

Before We Are Eaten



Hillbilly Leviathan

Craig Santos Perez 155

From Lisiensan Ga'lago

From The Legends of Juan Malo [a Malologue]

Ginen the Micronesian Kingfisher [I Sihek]

Ginen Tidelands [Latte Stone Park] [Hagåtña, Guåhan]

(First Trimester)

(Papa and Wakea)

(I Tinituhon)

Gordon Henry, Jr. 167

Simple Four Part Directions for Making Indian Lit

How Soon

Dear Sonny:

Among the Almost Decolonized

The Mute Scribe Recalls Some Talking Circle

Brandy Nalani McDougall 181

The Petroglyphs at Olowalu

On Cooking Captain Cook



This Island on Which I Love You


M. L. Smoker 193




We are the ones

Heart Butte, Montana

LeAnne Howe 203

A Duck's Tune

Finders Keepers: Aboriginal Responses to European Colonization



Catafalque II

The Rope Seethes

Cedar Sigo 213

Now I'm a Woman


Green Rainbow Song

Things to Do in Suquamish

Taken Care Of


Light Unhuried, Unchained

Double Vision

Karenne Wood 227

Amoroleck's Words

My Standard Response

In Memory of Shame

Abracadabra, an Abcedarian

Bartolomé de las Casas, 1542

The Poet I Wish I Was

Eric Gansworth 239

Speaking through Our Nations' Teeth

It Goes Something Like This

Repatriating Ourselves

Snagging the Eye from Curtis

A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function

… Bee

Janet McAdams 253

The Hands of the Taino

Leaving the Old Gods

Ghazal of Body

From "The Collectors"

Tiger on the Shoulder

Hunters, Gatherers


Author Notes 269

Editor's Acknowledgments 279

Permissions 281