This month's The Year of the Poet focuses on indigenous peoples of North America and Native American languages.
Foreword by Kimberly Burnham
Poetry can change the world. Words, language, all the ways to communicate with and listen to each other can transform the world, as we know it. There is so much to learn from the way an individual, a community, or language group uses words.
For example, the words for peace and war are very similar "odriyohdędaˀǫh" (war) and "odriyohsrędaˀǫh" (peace) in Cayuga, a Native American language spoken in Canada. The government is trying to preserve the language and culture but there are less than 80 fluent speakers left. Peace "Odriyohsrędaˀǫh" literally means the war has laid down or finished. For native speakers the words create an image, perhaps of men laying weapons down or a symbolic "war" laying down in a field where crops can once again be planted and children can grow.
Each of the world's seven or eight thousand languages creates different images, evokes diverse emotions, and carries a unique cultural significance.
In 2019 the Poets of the Inner Child Poetry Posse will breathe life into words creating a kind of visual poetry, arranging the letters to reflect each poet's inner voice manifested on the page while honoring the languages and cultures of many people around the world as well as our own diverse ancestry.
Each month we will visit a different region of the world, finding what is often stunningly beautiful, sometimes tragic and emotion-laden but always insightful and thought provoking. This year as our words journey across the pages and into the world we honor the United Nations which has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
This month let your eyes ...
"anuhtunyu" (rejoice or adopt peace of mind) in Oneida spoken in the Great Lakes region
"ilihá:lon" (awaken, opening one's eyes from sleep) in Kosati spoken in Louisiana and Texas, US
"dseekshyaaksh" (strut or walk with a flair) in Shm’algyack spoken in Alaska, US
"dladáal" (stroll or walk slowly) in Haida spoken in British Columbia, Canada
"máñi" (travel or journey) in Ioway-Otoe-Missouria spoken in Kansas, US
"ji-k'ein" (jump around) in Tlingit spoken in the Pacific Northwest of North America
"tc'īgagō" (run) in Jacarilla Apache or Eastern Apache spoken in the North America
"nəpə̀mkawα" (walk or travel) in Abenaki-Penobscot spoken in Maine, US and Quebec, Canada
"zdocumb" (dance) in the Nanticoke Dialect of Massachusetts, US
... across the pages of this book, a tribute to Native American languages and cultures.
Featuring Houda Elfchtali, Anthony Endurer Briscoe, Dr K K Mathew, and Iram Fatima Ashi
We are an international group of poets from countries like the United States, Canada, Polands, Turkey, China, Jordan, India, Lebanon and more. We are starting on our sixth year as a collective publishing a book of poetry every month for the last 60 months. We are also diverse in our religious affiliations and practices. Each year there is a cover theme. There have been flowers, trees, gems and birds. Last year, we focus each monthly volume on a society and culture including Maori (December), Highlands Scots, Nez Perce, Oceania, Northern Africa and more.
We feel that our poetry creates understanding, improved relationships and international cooperation.
We would like to focus our poetry this year on indigenous languages, growing awareness of the value of linguistic and cultural diversity, learning from those who are different and appreciating our similarities.
The Inner Child Poetry Posse writes a volume of The Year of The Poet each month with different themes and would like to designate the indigenous languages as the theme for 2019 William S. Peters, Sr. is the founder and leader of the collective and many of us are award winning poets who have presented at International poetry events.
Here is a list of the Inner Child Press Poetry Posse Poets who have been involved over the years (the asterisk indicates how many years the person has been involved):
Jamie Bond **
Gail Weston Shazor ******
Albert ‘Infinite’ Carrasco ****
Siddartha Beth Pierce **
Janet P. Caldwell ***
June ‘Bugg’ Barefield *
Debbie M. Allen *
Tony Henninger **
Joe DaVerbal Minddancer *****
Robert Gibbons *
Neetu Wali *
Caroline 'Ceri Naz' Nazareno ****
Elizabeth Castillo ****
Jen Walls **
Alfreda Ghee **
Anna Jakubczak vel Ratty Adalan **
Bismay Mohanty *
Tezmin Ition Tsai **
Ashok K. Bhargava **
Shareef Abdur – Rasheed ******
Kimberly Burnham ******
Ann White **
Jackie Allen ******
Teresa E. Gallion ******
Katherine Wyatt *
Hulya N. Yilmaz ******
Keith Alan Hamilton **
Alan W. Jankowski **
Demetrios Trifiatis *
Nizar Sartawi ***
Alicia C. Cooper *
Hrisikesh Padhye *
Fahredin Shehu *
Faleeha Hassan **
Alicja Maria Kuberska **
Swapna Behera **
Eliza Segiet *
William S. Peters, Sr. ******
Each book features three guest poets from the International community and collective members are asked to write one poem directly related to the theme and two more on subjects of their choosing. The theme for 2019 has been designated to focus on indigenous languages in each of the following regions.
1. North American and Native Americans [Buy the Print Book or Download Free eBook]
2. South American Indigenous peoples and Mesoamerica
3. Caribbean Caribbean
4. Africa Central and West Africa
5. Asia Southeast Asia and Maritime Asia
6. Arctic Circumpolar
7. Africa Horn of Africa
8. Asia Southwest Asia and the Middle East
9. Caucasus Caucasus
10. Africa Nile Valley and North Africa
11. Asia Northern Asia, China, Japan, etc.
12. Australia Oceana
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I am looking for guest blog opportunities and a position as poet-in-residence. My current project is writing dictionary poems using words in different languages for the English word "peace." You can read some of my poems on Poemhunter .
As poet-in-residence I would write poems on different words in different languages and broadcast them throughout the social media blogosphere. Each poem would link back to your site where the word or language appeared.
I would expect some sort of stipend and a six month to one year placement. Please contact me for details if your organization is interested in having a poet-in-residence to help get your message out. Nervewhisperer@gmial.com
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