Copyright © 2019 by Orlando White. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 21, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
“‘Muddy’ is inspired by the motion and cadence of Diné words. Looking at it on the page, one sees kinetic text and hears onomatopoeia, so the repetition of ‘tł’ish’ reenacts the sound of someone stepping in mud, and then the word itself turns into a poem.”
Orlando White is the author of Letterrs (Nightboat, 2015). He teaches at Diné College.
Date Published: 2019-11-21
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/muddy