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A selection of poets, poems, and articles exploring the Native American experience.

Poems for Teens
    • poem
      By Kevin Young
      is music    is men
      off early from work    is waiting
      for the chance at the chair
      while the eagle claws holes
      in your pockets    keeping
      time    by the turning
      of rusty fans    steel flowers with
      cold breezes    is having nothing
      better to do    than guess at the years

    • poem
      By Langston Hughes
      I, too, sing America.

      I am the darker brother.
      They send me to eat in the kitchen
      When company comes,
      But I laugh,
      And eat well,
      And grow strong.

      I’ll be at the table
      When company comes.
      Nobody’ll dare
      Say to me,
      “Eat in the kitchen,”

      They’ll see how beautiful I am

    • poem
      By Nikki Giovanni

      This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
      they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
      Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would
      know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters...

Featured Poet: John Ashbery
    • Translator's Notes
      By John Ashbery

      On translating Rimbaud’s Illuminations.

    • poem
      By John Ashbery
      You can’t say it that way any more.   
      Bothered about beauty you have to   
      Come out into the open, into a clearing,
      And rest. Certainly whatever funny happens to you
      Is OK. To demand more than this would be strange
      Of you, you who have...

    • poem
      By John Ashbery
      Oh there once was a woman
      and she kept a shop
      selling trinkets to tourists
      not far from a dock
      who came to see what life could be
      far back on the island.

      And it was always a party there
      always different but very nice
      New friends to...

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