Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Celebrate Lesbian Poetry! Paula Gunn Allen's "Some Like Indians Endure"

Continuing this National Poetry Month's celebration, here's a really powerful one:

dykes remind me of indians
like indians dykes
are supposed to die out
or forget
or drink all the time
or shatter
go away
to nowhere
to remember what will happen
if they dont

they dont
even though it
and they remember
they dont

because the moon remembers
because so does the sun
because so do the stars
and the persistent stubborn
of the earth

from "Some Like Indians Endure,"
Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna/Sioux)

Check out this great link to an entry on the poet Paula Gunn Allen at

I found this poem on pg. 49 of the amazing "Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds" by Judy Grahn

What are some of your favorite Lesbian poems that we can celebrate?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes - I believe this poem is quite powerful - but know that this is only a small portion of the entire poem. Check it out in "Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology"