Dartmouth Poet in Residence / Essays

Smithsonian Magazine Article by Luci Tapahanso, 1995 Dartmouth Poet in Residence

At the beginning of Navajo time, the Holy People (Diyin Dine’é) journeyed through three worlds before settling in Dinétah, our current homeland. Here they took form as clouds, sun, moon, trees, bodies of water, rain and other physical aspects of this world. That way, they said, we would never be alone. Today, in the fourth world, when a Diné (Navajo) baby is born, the umbilical cord is buried near the family home, so the child is connected to its mother and the earth, and will not wander as if homeless. . . Continue reading

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Patrick Donnelly’s Inspirations

I walk this lonesome valley behind many pillars of fire, not all of whom are poets: Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Smart, John Keats and Walter Jackson Bate’s biography of Keats (dead at 25), Pound’s “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter,” William Meredith’s “The Illiterate,” Tennyson’s inconsolable In Memoriam, Maria Callas (dead at 53), Judy Garland (dead … Continue reading