Poetry, VOLUME 5

Jimmie Durham – Columbus Day [Poem]

Love this poem, which provides a helpful perspective on Columbus Day…

Columbus Day

Jimmie Durham

(Cherokee Poet)

Excerpted below from:

Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race
Jim Daniels, Editor
Paperback: Wayne State UP, 1995.
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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


2 Comments

  1. The poem affirms the old truism that it is the victors who write history. It’s an eloquent indictment of the exceptionalism which drove the Europeans to inflict such horriors on the native peoples of the Americas.