#SurvivalStories2021 Adult Books Lifespan of a Reader Poetry Poetry Friday Reading Themes Stories Of The Dispossessed

[Poetry Friday] The White Man Wants The Indian’s Home

... by James Harris Guy (unknown - 1885), Chickasaw.

Myra here.

Thank you to the lovely Tabatha Yeatts @ The Opposite Of Indifference for hosting this week.


When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

Edited by Joy Harjo with Leanne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Contributing Editors (Amazon | Book Depository)

Around a month ago, I shared this poetry collection for our reading theme on joy and peace. Once again, I dip into this massive repository of Native Nations poetry to find a title that would fit our current theme on stories of the dispossessed. This particular poem by James Harris Guy (unknown – 1885), Chickasaw, called out to me.

I love how our #SurvivalStories2021 – decolonizing our bookshelves annual reading theme – is truly stretching my boundaries, and providing me the opportunity to surface more silenced voices and rediscover history from the lens of the oppressed and the vanquished, but continually resisting, fighting, surviving.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Poetry Friday] The White Man Wants The Indian’s Home

  1. haitiruth

    Thank you for sharing this. There are so many tragic histories in this world! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    Liked by 1 person

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