from sourcings



what echoes across waters :
from ‘taotao’ [‘people’] ginen ‘mo’na’ [‘precede’]—
‘people of before’ ‘before time ancestors’ ‘ancient people’ ‘people before
recorded time’ etc

while my ancestors did live breathe love die before
contact before
colonialism before
taotaom’ona also exist
in time in
our histories remembered forgotten
in our bodies homes words in
every breath ‘in

relation to my own body by wave of the page’ and [we]
will continue after in
all afters


Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series publishes new work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. Subscribe to the Poetry Series mailing list and have poems delivered to your e-mail as soon as they are published (no spam, no news, just poems). We hope you like the pieces we find as much as we do, and pass them on.