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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Blue horses on a red mile, Ortiz and Tapahonso






Blue horses on a red mile, Ortiz and Tapahonso



Searching through my files, a stellar glimmer of the past appears, the beauty and clarity of the poetry of Simon Ortiz and Luci Tapahonso. Written in October of 2005, I share it because of the breathtaking beauty of their poetry and power of their words.

Brenda Norrell
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There are some things that are irreplaceable, like water; and some things that cannot be changed, such as time. But when it comes to transmuting the land and air, scents and sounds of their homelands into verse, Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo, and Luci Tapahonso, Navajo, are master alchemists.

Their sense of place, rooted in their homelands of Acoma Pueblo and the Navajo Nation, are tasted, felt and breathed. Ortiz and Tapahonso have cheated time and place, in their ability to transport readers by verse.