SAN FRANCISCO POETS

Kim Shuck

ON COLUMBUS

Wind and
Thick fog blow in
Suckle at the heat of the day their
Sticky fingers
Curl my hair
Damp at the neck
Behind the ear leaving it a
Trap for words
Old words
Floating past the museum past
Strippers
Cafes
Past the bookstore the
Bars
New words
Dinner plans
Stuffed animals
Taxis
Dizzied to imagine the
Tongues
Teeth
Lips

Owned by those words
Breath in many cases
Stopped what
Poets always die of but
Later at
Home with my tarnished
Silver backed brush
I tease words from fog damp hair
Toss them back

© Kim Shuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smuggling Cherokee by Kim Shuck
Kim Shuck's book-length manuscript "Smuggling Cherokee", a collection of poems drawing strongly from her Cherokee heritage, while at the same time, offering fresh insights into the lives and experiences of relocated Indians in large metropolitan areas, won the 2005 First Book Award competition in poetry from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas.

Kim ShuckKim Shuck is a poet, weaver, educator, doer of piles of laundry, planter of seeds, traveler and child wrangler. Born in San Francisco in 1966, Ms. Shuck attended San Francisco State University where she received both a Bachelor's (in art) and a Master's in Fine Arts (in textiles) and was a member of the board of directors for Califorina Poets in the Schools.Kim Shuck has taught both at the elementary and college level – teaching Native American studies at SF State University. Proud of her Polish and Sauk and Fox as well as her Cherokee heritage, Kim is a storyteller and poet, drawing from her life experiences. Kim Shuck was Indian ed. Susan Deer Cloud and New Poets of the American West, ed. Lowell Jager..
Kim Shuck encourages and promotes emerging Native writers by organizing spoke word events in the Bay Area. Kim weaves baskets and textiles, using the skills her great-grandmothers shared with her, and she has shown throughout the United States and Taiwan. Visit Kim Shuck website

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