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Malinalli Press, a Native woman owned and operated press, publishes creative work by established and emerging indigenous writers and artists from Abya Yala. (Est. 2009)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Drummer": Art and Poetry

After Brianna Pruett’s "Drummer"

by Marjorie Jensen

Music is translated by skin,

rhythm within bright

lights in a haze of comingled

colors and shapes.

The skin of her hand

becomes one with the skin

of the drum—




Her blood drives the music.

The body is laid open—


the heart seen in syncopation.

She clothes the world in music

as she is laid bare,

churning of the heart

held by all.

Yet, the blood is fresh,


by becoming song.

Blue sky is blotted out

by her puccoon-colored song,

illuminated with yellow

and white notes.

Red blood from brown

skin, she bleeds like all

living things bleed,

but gives this blood a voice.

Brianna's painting "Drummer" was featured in the anthology Turtle Island to Abya Yala

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