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Ricing moon 
when poling arms groan
like autumn winds through white pine.
Old rhythms find the hands
bend and pound the rice,
rice kernels falling
falling onto wooden ribs 
canoe bottoms filling with memories—
new mocassins dance the rice
huffs of spirit wind lift and carry the chaff
blown like tired histories 
from birchbark winnowing baskets.
Now numbered
by pounds, seasons, or generations 
lean slivers of parched grain
settle brown and rich 
tasting of northern lakes
of centuries.
     
Eat Local, Read Local, (UW–Milwaukee Creative Writing Program, 2008)
 
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Kimberly Blaeser is a poet, scholar, and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2015–2016). Of Anishinaabe ancestry and a native of White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Blaeser crafts poems that dwell deeply on a complex, natural world—which includes the power of human imagination.

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