North Dakota

By Gerald Vizenor b. 1934 Gerald Vizenor
east

the whole moon
burns behind jamestown

seven wings of geese
light the thin ice


west

the asian sun
bloody on the interstate

spring flowers
break on the gray prairie


exit

fingerprints
on the rearview mirror

feral shadows
transposed near fargo

Gerald Vizenor, “North Dakota” from Almost Ashore. Copyright © 2006 by Gerald Vizenor. Reprinted by permission of Salt Publishing.

Source: Almost Ashore (Salt Publishing, 2006)

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Poet Gerald Vizenor b. 1934

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Trees & Flowers, Animals

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Gerald Vizenor is of Anishinabe heritage and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor was born in Minnesota, but before he turned two years old his father was murdered. He was subsequently raised by his Swedish American mother, Anishinabe grandmother, and extended family in Minneapolis and on the White Earth Reservation.
 
The author of more than 20 books of nonfiction, fiction, and . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Trees & Flowers, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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