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I Will Take Anyone to Bed (Poetically Speaking of Course)

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I have made love with Pablo Neruda
On the heights of Machu Picchu
I flashed the tattoo on my thigh
And hitched a lowride with Luis Rodriguez
I have held Adrian Louis close
And danced a wild reservation two-step
Until beer cans and disposable diapers
Spun around us like stars.
I have surrendered to Leonel Rugama’s
Burning adolescent heat
And caressed Roque Dalton
From a luxuriance of bed sheets and red wine.

I stayed up all night reading Sherman Alexie,
Nine months later, I gave birth to twin poems.

This lust is not heterosexual.
I devour Nikki Giovanni and Patricia Smith
Like Sao Tome chocolate.
I have been known to steal away for
An afternoon tryst with Julia de Burgos.
I wrap Nellie Wong around me like a silk robe.

Tonight, I have a date to share a steamy bath
With Linda Hogan and Joy Harjo
And it’s gonna be gooooood . . .

Sara Littlecrow-Russell, “I Will Take Anyone to Bed (Poetically Speaking of Course)” from The Secret Powers of Naming. Copyright © 2006 by Sara Littlecrow-Russell. Reprinted by permission of University of Arizona Press.
Source: The Secret Powers of Naming (University of Arizona Press, 2006)
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I Will Take Anyone to Bed (Poetically Speaking of Course)

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  • Of Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) and Han-Naxi Métis heritage, Sara Littlecrow-Russell is a lawyer and professional mediator as well as a poet. She earned a BA in medical anthropology from Hampshire College and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Her collection of poetry, The Secret Powers of Naming (2006), won an Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; it also received an Independent Publisher Book Award.
    In the tradition of Native American storytelling, which uses stories to establish meaning in the lives of both listeners and tellers, Littlecrow-Russell’s poems name and tell stories as a form of communication; her work also calls into question prevalent stereotypes of Native Americans.
    Littlecrow-Russell has worked at the Center for Education and Policy Advocacy at the University of Massachusetts and for Community Partnerships for Social Change at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts....

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