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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Painting by Gloria Emerson
Gloria Emerson, painter, poet, thinker, educator, Diné language and culture advocate and, luckily for me, a long-time friend, has graciously consented to have two of her bird poems published on the Poetry Page. Gloria lives in Tse Da Kaan (Hogback, NM), a few miles east of Shiprock. I was fortunate to have her as my direct supervisor when we worked at what was then the cutting edge Native American Materials Development Center. It was perhaps the most creative place I have worked, thanks to Gloria's leadership. Her stunning volume of poetry and paintings, At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds: Meditations on Navajo Landscapes (School of American Research Press, 2003) with a forward by N. Scott Momaday,was created while she was the resident artist at the School of American Research in Santa Fe. It is well worth perusing, as are these two poems (click on Poetry Page to the right).