Suggested reading from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward
Recommendation: Native Guard by Natasha Tretheway
You can get there from here, though
there's no going home.
Everywhere you go will be somewhere
you've never been. Try this:
head south on
by-one mile markers ticking off
another minute of your life. Follow this
to it natural conclusion - dead end
at the coast, the pier at
As a child in
Her collection of poems, Native Guard, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007. In her poems, she engages the complexity of her own life and of our history and culture. She is now professor of creative writing at
Read her poems slowly, savor the beauty of language, the power of honest witness. We are all on a journey, day by day, always onward.
. . .on the dock
where you board the boat for
someone will take your picture;
the photograph - who you were -
will be waiting when you return.