A Well-Traveled Coyote

By Nora Naranjo-Morse b. 1953 Nora Naranjo-Morse
John F. Kennedy
        New York City
            I saw him across the lobby
                 flight 161
                     St. Louis
Coyote looked in control
             fitting right into the city
                 smiling when a pretty woman passed him
                     figuring out his flight
                          making calculations from behind
                              the New York Times.
         right down to his Tony Lamas
                 I’d recognize him anywhere
                          New York
People say
you can dress ’em up
        but once a coyote
             always a coyote.

Nora Naranjo-Morse, “A Well-Traveled Coyote” from Mud Woman. Copyright © 1992 by Nora Naranjo-Morse. Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.

Source: Mud Woman (University of Arizona Press, 1992)

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Poet Nora Naranjo-Morse b. 1953

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Popular Culture, Mythology & Folklore


A member of the Tewa tribe from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, Nora Naranjo-Morse earned a BA from the College of Santa Fe. She is the daughter of the potter Rose Naranjo and grew up surrounded by women relatives and siblings, all of whom worked with clay. Her own sculptures and films are in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the Heard Museum, the Albuquerque Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, History & Politics, Popular Culture, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

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