Cheryl Savageau

(1950 / Massachusetts / United States)

Biography of Cheryl Savageau

Cheryl Savageau (born April 14, 1950) is a poet of Abenaki descent. She writes often about Native American people and places in New England, where she has lived much of her life, as well as about working-class people, and feminist and queer issues.
Savageau was born in central Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Clark University and a facilitator at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Savageau's awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her second book, Dirt Road Home. Her work appeared in AGNI. Also a visual artist, she has exhibited her quilts, paintings and other works at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, the University of New Hampshire, and elsewhere.

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Cod

It is the fish that bring them first.
Cod in such numbers as to seem endless.
Cod to fill the nets and bellies of hungry
Europeans with the tender white flesh.
Cod, it seems to them, without end.

They fill the ships,
salting the fish
down in barrels,

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