This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Solstice Black, is from Through a Red Place by Rebecca Pelky, released by Perugia Press in 2021.
Mic musqáyuw áyakunuk mutonuk, pitkôsonsh musqáyuw mômôci wutunuk aqi wahakayash wuci wiwáhcumunsh, aqi wahakayash wuci piyámáqak sawáyush, aqi nákatuk kisi mô mohwáwak sqák. Ôkutak awán kámotuk piyô yotay. Ôkutak awán kámotuk piyô yotay. Ôkutak awán kámotuk piyô yotay. Cahsuwak sqák mus kumotuwak? Cahsuwak wuci nutônihsunônak mus “náyuwáyuwak?” Yotay wuyam másqák kumuskam.
A red hand painted on a mouth, red dresses stir in the wind, empty like corn husks, like fish scales are empty, like what’s left after the women were consumed. Here comes another thief. Here comes another thief. Here comes another thief. How many women will they take? How many of our daughters will “wander off?” You’ll find the red paint here.
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