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I’ve been taught bloodstones can cure a snakebite, can stop the bleeding—most people forgot this when the war ended. The war ended depending on which war you mean: those we started, before those, millennia ago and onward, those which started me, which I lost and won—these ever-blooming wounds.

—Natalie Diaz, Post Colonial Love Poem

Natalie Diaz writes of her heritage, her connection to earth and water, and her lovers, as if they are all part of same emotional (erotically charged) experience. The synthesis is eloquent and moving.

Pulitzer prize for Poetry, 2021


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