Poem-a-Day - "Triptych" by Sherwin Bitsui

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
December 6, 2022 
Support Poem-a-Day with a
Special Year-end Gift

Triptych

Sherwin Bitsui

His wind-swirled fingertips
untangle the roots of salt water,
thorned with wrens

pecking at roans
whipping their manes
toward some new sunlight,
some new charred horse bit’s history.

Cornered into being a son
he should have never
left a snow-tipped leaf’s edge

in the hillside
where a barren cloud’s porous skull
keeps a winter house.

Coyote, open-jawed,
limp shoulder against his ear,
its silhouette: midnight blue—
            a satchel of stars
                        where its tail snaps     awake.

A knot of lung steam
behind his ribs;
a meteor charring white
over yellowing aspen;

he reaches down,
loosens shoelaces—
wind-dried roots unfurl,
his new name: seven times his height.

His knees press light to dark,
creasing them over and over
until his face smears and        fades.

Copyright © 2022 by Sherwin Bitsui. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on December 6, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.

Subscribe to the Poem-a-Day Podcast 

  

“Some of my new poems feel like paintings, so I titled this piece ‘Triptych.’ The movements in each recent poem have slowed down, contrasting the kinetic quality of my earlier book-length poems, Dissolve and Flood Song. In this image, a recurring figure (sometimes the speaker) is shown with Coyote, a trickster in Navajo culture, wounded and slumped over his shoulder, its tail snapping awake when it senses the stars it stole from the night sky. In my poems, I may have finally found this elusive figure/speaker; however, in the end, he makes ritual gestures that allow him to escape again.”
Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is a Diné poet and the author of Dissolve (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), among other titles. The recipient of support from the Whiting Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and the Lannan Foundation, he is an associate professor of English at Northern Arizona University. He lives in Dinétah, otherwise known as the Navajo Nation.

Dissolve

Dissolve
(Copper Canyon Press, 2019)


“Hoktvlwv’s Crow” by Jennifer Foerster
read more
“Ceremony for Remembering the Doorless World” by Aracelis Girmay
read more

Thanks to Arthur Sze, author of Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), who curated Poem-a-Day for this month’s weekdays. Read or listen to a Q&A about Sze’s curatorial approach and find out more about our guest editors for the year

Poem-a-Day is reader-supported.

We are only able to share poems each morning thanks to the generous support of our community of readers. 



Thank you for making a gift today!

 
From Our Sponsors and Advertisers
Copyright © 2022 The Academy of American Poets, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.



Our mailing address is:
The Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane
St #901
New York, NY 10038

Add us to your address book


View this email in your browser

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Older messages

"At Sixty-Five" by Henri Cole

Monday, December 5, 2022

It was all so different than he expected. Facebook Twitter Instagram December 5, 2022 Support Poem-a-Day with a Special Year-end Gift At Sixty-Five Henri Cole It was all so different than he expected.

"The Aim Was Song" by Robert Frost

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Before man came to blow it right / The wind once blew itself untaught, Facebook Twitter Instagram December 4, 2022 Support Poem-a-Day with a Special Year-end Gift The Aim Was Song Robert Frost Before

"To a Wreath of Snow" by Emily Brontë

Saturday, December 3, 2022

O transient voyager of heaven! / O silent sign of winter skies! Facebook Twitter Instagram December 3, 2022 Made possible thanks to readers like you. To a Wreath of Snow Emily Brontë O transient

"Sunflowers" by Jenny George

Friday, December 2, 2022

I'm in the world but I still want the world. Facebook Twitter Instagram December 2, 2022 Support Poem-a-Day with a Special Year-end Gift Sunflowers Jenny George I'm in the world but I still

"Inupiaq Women" by dg nanouk okpik

Thursday, December 1, 2022

She paddles and streams / her kayak up Kobuck River. Facebook Twitter Instagram December 1, 2022 Support Poem-a-Day with a Special Year-end Gift Inupiaq Women dg nanouk okpik She paddles and streams

Sunday reminder

Monday, February 6, 2023

Plus Pot au Feu ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

J.Lo Just Shut Down The Grammys In This Incredible Look

Monday, February 6, 2023

Stunning. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Ben Aldridge Isn’t Afraid of the End of the World

Sunday, February 5, 2023

View in Browser Men's Health SHOP MVP EXCLUSIVES SUBSCRIBE THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ Ben Aldridge Isn't Afraid of the End of the World Ben Aldridge Isn't Afraid of the End of the World

Here's How Much Money You Should Have in Your Emergency Fund in 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Even when inflation is through the roof, don't let your savings take a backseat.... ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Do everything better Sunday, February 5, 2023 Money Here's How

Crock-Pot Chicken Chili

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Hearty dinner from your slow cooker. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Queer Theory 101: Compulsory Heterosexuality

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Before There Was The 'Am IA Lesbian' Masterdoc, There Was Adrienne Rich ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

The Weekly Wrap #96

Sunday, February 5, 2023

02.05.2023 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Daily Skimm Weekend: Never thought I'd meet you here

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Skimm'd with the best Valentine's Day gifts February 5, 2023 Read in browser Daily Skimm WEEKEND Header Image Skimm'd with the best Valentine's Day gifts Ready or not, Monday's

Stuff You Should Consume - February 5, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Welcome to this week's edition of “Stuff You Should Consume,”— a weekly compilation of interesting political content for Message Box readers. “Exclusive Bulwark Poll: Most Republicans Want to Move

Wirecutter’s handpicked Valentine’s Day gifts

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Plus, some sweet deals ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌