Duane Niatum

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Duane Niatum (McGinniss) (born 1938-) is a Native American poet, author and playwright of Klallam descent.

Niatum is often cited as belonging to the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has termed the Native American Renaissance.

After his parent's divorce, Niatum's Klallam grandfather became his surrogate father.

After serving in the United States Navy, ... more »

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Consulting an Elder Poet on an Anti-War Poem

for Elizabeth Bishop

You said to me that day,
"There's nothing you can do,"
and spoke of Auden's line:
"Poetry makes nothing happen."
And though I honor you,
especially your poems,
the objects you dipped in light,
then, left in the rainbow,
let slip from our sight,
I admitted, diving out of self,
a sweet woman's white caress,
the hundreds of lives and places
in books, failed to counter confusion.

You did agree that it
was Socrates who said
to his Athenian friends
that governments are only
governments with ...

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