Today's Featured Poet

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke grew up in North Carolina, Texas, Canada, and the Great Plains region and is of Huron, Metis, French Canadian, Portuguese, English, Irish, Scot and mixed Southeastern Native heritage. Hedge Coke has worked as a mentor and teacher...

America, I sing back. Sing back what sung you in.
Sing back the moment you cherished breath.
Sing you home into yourself and back to reason.
 
Before America began to sing, I sung her to sleep,
held her cradleboard, wept her into day.
My song...

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