Right Justly

By Diane Glancy b. 1941 Diane Glancy
When he movd into the house
he wanted us to stomp & pray
out the evil spirits
       just in case they’d be there.

How cld they
when a medicine woman lived on the place
& left it to the church when she went to happier

But a truck hauling brush
turnd on the road
       & he jumped up screaming—
deer prowler
       at the antlered beast.

We danced out the spirits
he carried on the place.
                How now pow wow
he jumps in the sow-yard with the bow-
                              wow cow.

We passed the spirits to chickens
to peck their legs—
Eeeeevil spirits pock-marked
       as the dartboard.

W/ marbles shooting rabbit eyes
we stompd wild fires he once built in his head,
                still haunted him
as though evil spirits could open
a medicine woman’s door,
       climb in her unpainted windows,
crawl through yellowed wallpaper armoured w/

We whooped & hawed until he sd nuf.
       The house
barricaded from deer prowlers
                from under his headband.

“Right Justly” from On Age in a Dreamy by Diane Glancy (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1986). Copyright © Diane Glancy. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions. www.milkweed.org.

Source: One Age in a Dream (Milkweed Editions, 1986)

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Poet Diane Glancy b. 1941

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries

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Proficient in numerous genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting—Diane Glancy often creates work that reflects her Native American heritage. Part Cherokee, and of English and German descent, Glancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma State Arts Council (traveling around the state to teach poetry to Native American students) and has taught Native American literature . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Friends & Enemies, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Animals, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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