[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter writing a thesis on death postures as lyric and hermeneutic trope in three American novels, Caroline Parke decided she needed to write her own poems on the themes that preoccupy her. She is currently working on her first full-length collection of poetry, and many of her poems, like the one below, are meditations on …

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[dropcap]K[/dropcap]atelin Kelly is a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Little Wound Middle School on Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota. She is also a badass slam poet. For a reflection on her experiences working at the home to the Oglala Sioux, check out her poem entitled “How?” How? by Katelin Kelly …

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