Natalie Diaz Is a Genius - Slog - The Stranger.
Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds.
If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth (by Natalie Diaz) In Mojave, the words we use to describe our emotions are literally dragged through our hearts before we speak them—they begin with the prefix wa-, a shortened form of iiwa, our word for heart and chest.
Before I got paid to write about myself on the internet, I did plenty of it for free. As a teenager, I wrote long, tortured diary entries about my various emo-boy crushes and posted them to the notes section of MySpace or Facebook. Once, a concerned parent of one of my friends sent an anonymous letter to my mother to let her know I was describing myself online as a “shameless exhibitionist.”.
Natalie Diaz. Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, won an American Book Award.
The Most Exciting Queers to Follow on Twitter in 2019.. Natalie Diaz. Need a little poetry. All of them, if I do say so myself, are very good at Twitter.
Brooklyn Poets Reading Series, Studio 10, Brooklyn, NY, September 20, 2013.
I first heard Natalie Diaz speak about the forming of this book on a podcast I’ve mentioned before, VS with Danez Smith and Franny Choi. It’s one of my favorite episodes of the podcast and is.