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[POETRY]
 BRENT HAGEN
 JJ GOSS
 SUZANNE BURNS
 ALESSIO ZANELLI
 HOLLY DAY
 SANFORD FRASER
 CATHY TACINELLI
 BEN PASSIKOFF
 LINDSEY PALMER
 CHARLENE MARY-CATH SMITH
 COLIN DODDS
 LORETTE C. LUZAJIC
 TARA M. GILBERT-BREVER
 JOHN BRYAN
 ALESSIO ZANELLI
 

DINEH RITUAL OF RECALL (dedicated to the Navajo)

Slit-eyed chief He-Who-Drinks-From-Source
Su

bduedly tunes up the antique lament. At once
The Long Walk revives. Dancing spirits of smoke
Exhale from fires spread across the venue.
~
Sort of a privileged intruder – now I too can
Perceive the raped earth’s wail. Vacant-looking
Faces transmit memories and deliver places’
Quiddity. Being native slithers into me.
~
Sand smooths as thin black tongues pass over
Against purple-blue beyond the Agathla. Buttes
Majestically release their silence from afar. Puffs
Make scattered rabbitbushes seem alive.
~
Hospitality serves sacrality. Celebrated homeland
Thanks by cuddling powwowed dusk. Valley’s
Rocks exude reconciliation throughout. Three
Hundred miles away ghosts exit Bosque Redondo.

 

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