Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016

Satellite image of land and water

Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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An erasure poem of the president’s Columbus Day proclamation.

Christopher Columbus
ushered
European                             settlements on[to]
the shores—

inhuman
contributions.                        native
heritage                              warmth
and generosity                love of family
strengthen the fabric of
communities                         Columbus
sought to
replace.    his radical
ideology and its adherents—
inherently sinister                            orthodoxy. We
must not give in to these tactics.                        We
must teach future generations about our         heritage—
of                    Columbus
destroying.
To ensure that we
build,
encourage       educators to teach
concepts
grounded in
history.
We must
stand       against those who spread hate.

On this day             we      m[u]st
listen.

We       m[u]st
[un]settle a
nation.

NOW,
by virtue of the authority vested in

the people,             observe this day with appropriate ceremonies
and     give                  all
this
Land
[back].

 

________

Leila K. Norako is an assistant professor of English at the University of Washington (Seattle) where she teaches courses in medieval literature and culture, medievalism, and the digital humanities. Her first chapbook, Nautilus, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2019.

Satellite image via NASA.

________

Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2020
[The White House]

 

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