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Body

Body

By Linda Hogan

It gathers weight
runs up and down
the backbone taut as the ocean is.

A bone house
I do not live inside.
The breastbone
points down,
down to the holy bone,
os sacrum,
sacred in its triangle
closed to all corners.
All sides are equal
and give weight to the legs.
Bone with muscle built in slabs.
A tongue wits brilliant tip.
Organs of knowing.
Small bones
that grow like shells
inside the ears.

A mysterious presence
inside, even you are here
like leftover stars
in morning.
Moods punctual as the full moon.
The mind sometimes restless
clear sometimes but constant

and sailing a course
hard to hold.
Add the aura of gold
and rose. A brain.
Thoughts controlled by
I am not my thoughts.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall 1977), p. 236

Biography

Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Writer in Residence for The Chickasaw Nation, is an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. Her two new books are Rounding the Human Corners (Coffee House P, Pulitzer nominee) and People of the Whale (W.W. Norton). Her poetry has received the Colorado Book Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, an American Book Award, and a prestigious Lannan Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle, and The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association. She has worked with Native youth in horse programs and continues to teach creative writing. A former Professor at the University of Colorado, she now lives and works in Oklahoma. Her newest work is as editor of thirty years of Parabola essays for a new book, The Inner Journey: Native Traditions (Morning Light P). In addition, she has just had a short documentary PBS/‚ÄčAmerican Experience posted for the REEL/‚ÄčNATIVE series, A Feel for the Land.

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