Category Archives: Word Cloud

Word Cloud: HEARTBEAT

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Heartbeat. The drum of human life. No matter who we are, where we were born, or how we live, it is the rhythm of each of our lives. The Native American women poets who are today’s … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: CEREMONY

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD I’m continuing this week with poets from different tribal backgrounds in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Alienation is a common theme in the work of Native Americans, who frequently begin life speaking their people’s language, … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: HERITAGE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States. Unfortunately, it seems to get scant attention, and far too many Americans know very little about the First Peoples of this hemisphere. Try to imagine that … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: EERIE

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD What a lot of words we have in English for the things that give us that unsettling tingly feeling! eer-ie – adjective uncanny, sinister, ghostly, unnatural, unearthly, odd, supernatural, otherworldly, strange, abnormal, weird, freakish, creepy, scary, spooky, freaky, frightening, bone-chilling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, blood-curdling . . . Middle English, originally of northern English-Scots … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: WITCH

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD Witch . . . There’s a long and often tragic history attached to that word. In our enlightened 21st century Western culture, it’s more likely to be used as a somewhat more polite euphemism for that … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: DARKNESS

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD The pages of our calendars are flying off like autumn leaves. To the delight of children, we are nearing that annual candy-scavenge in America: Halloween. Our celebrations of the eerie and macabre are pretty bland compared to … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: GATHERER

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD 92 years is a good long life. Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977) began life in the Victorian Age, and lived through three-quarters of the 20th century. Theodore Roosevelt published Hunting Trips of a Ranchman the year Untermeyer was born. He was … Continue reading

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