poetry: tools, inspiration, and moving forward

Good morning fellow WordPressers and lovers of poetry, words, stories, and images! I heard some Crows this morning singing away in their guttural, scratchy voices. Mixed in was this one Raven who offers a deep, resonating bass that leads them away to the schoolyard across the road perhaps scrutinizing the ground below for morsels of…

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maamiikwendang – be interested, be appreciative

zhaagnaashag maamiikwendang the canadian people are interested, are appreciative on saturday, i was invited by a local artist, chris turnbull to come read some poetry. ngii zhaa kemptville for freedom to read event at the north grenville library with ndaanis, grace. it was a small group of people. i shared some poetry from wild rice dreams…

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anishnaabemowin resource apps

ziisbaakdooke giizis / sugaring moon / march ziisbaakdooke refers to the making of maple syrup & harvest time niizh giizhgad /day two aanii kina wiya / hello everyone, one of my teachers, jean akiwenzie from neyaashiinigmiin (cape croker first nation community) said, to the anishnaabemowin class that i was in, anishnaabeg always shared knowledge. she…

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shkaakaamikwe gnaajwang, na?

ziisbaakdoke giizis – bezhig giizhgad sugaring moon (march) – day one zhaagaanoshmowin / english language mother earth is beautiful? i went for a walk today i went to the store it’s raining, it’s raining it’s raining outside today, the snow is melting what made this mess? sugaring moon (march) is it spring? let’s clean the…

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good news – 2017 Chalmers Arts Fellowship Award

I’m thrilled to share with you that I am the 2017 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Award by the Ontario Arts Council. This fellowship will experiment with innovative poetic techniques while increasing my current anishnaabe/odawa dialect language skills, and the transfer of traditional memory keeping methods. This year long project starts in a couple…

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the stars fall – edited version

Is a poem ever done? Do you go back and re-read it and think, “hey, let’s give this another shot.” I have a few poetry mentors who always say, “Rewrite, edit, repeat. Read it out loud. How about word choice? Do you have the right words?” I remember writing this poem last year and was…

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