BEDIO: Layli Long Soldier Poetry

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Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the start of a new week!

Typically, I would do a poetry prompt since it’s Monday, but today I want to highlight a poet I found while reading New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdich), Layli Long Soldier (in case you couldn’t tell from the title). As it’s the second Monday of October, that means today is Christopher Columbus day, or Indigenous People day (depending on where you live). Instead of placing Christopher Columbus on a pedestal to be revered, I thought today’s post would be better spent highlighting a Native American poet’s work I enjoyed 🤷‍♂️

Anyways, when I read New Poets of Native Nations, I really enjoyed her poems “Obligations 1” and “Obligations 2”. The main reason is how the poems are formatted, as how I interpreted it, even though all these different ideas that could be their own poems, they are connected through a common theme/idea.

For more information on Long Soldier herself, here is her bio included in the poetry collection:

Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet, writer and artist. She is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, and she holds an MFA from Bard College. Long Soldier is a recipient of a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

WHEREAS (2017) is Long Soldier’s first collection of poetry.

New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich

You can also find out more about her here:https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/layli-long-soldier

In case the format is throwing you off a bit, I included edits of the poems below, to help figure out the flow.


If you enjoyed these poems, and want to hear Layli’s poetry readings, here are a couple videos you can check out:


Thank you for reading through today’s post!

If you’re interested in getting your own copy of New Poets of Native Nations or of Layli Long Soldier’s poetry collection WHEREAS, you can grab a copy through Bookshop!

If you want to read more about the history of Columbus day and the controversy behind it, you can learn more from the links below:

https://www.history.com/topics/exploration/columbus-day

https://www.history.com/news/columbus-day-controversy

Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post! Have a great rest of your day 😊

-Erin🎃

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