Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Poetry |

Red Dirt

I work to be more than roots rooted in dirt, fed through days of heat and dust--- evaporating into a brittle husk, withdrawn and left as only remains. Whether stirred out by force or removed in mechanic iron swoops I'm simple--- passed over and dumped onto a pile of old ground, turned up, open to the air. Bound in earth pack, I release seeds, my blood to be wind blown and spread. Straining from new foundation I reach to hold all-else, settled, empty of breath.

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Bojan Louis is a member of the Navajo Nation—Naakai Dine’é; Ashiihí; Ta’neezahnii; Bilgáana. He is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer and has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony. He is currently Poetry and Production Editor at RED INK: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, & Humanities. He is the author of the nonfiction chapbook Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona (Guillotine Series, 2012). His first poetry collection, Currents, will be published by BkMk Press in 2017.

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