Poetic li­cense

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The poem on the cover ap­pears on page 91 of Layli Long Sol­dier’s book WHEREAS. In it, Long Sol­dier con­fronts and re­pur­poses the lan­guage of the Con­gres­sional Res­o­lu­tion of Apol­ogy to Na­tive Peo­ples, ex­pos­ing the 2009 res­o­lu­tion’s empty dou­ble-talk in the face of the gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued be­trayal of Amer­i­can In­di­ans. Long Sol­dier is part of a new gen­er­a­tion of Santa Fe poets who pro­vide strik­ing in­sights into a di­verse ar­ray of sub­jects, and in this spe­cial is­sue, we ex­plore the reach of po­etry in the City Dif­fer­ent and be­yond. On the cover is a let­ter­press broad­side of the poem, hand-printed by Tom Leech at the Palace Press, New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, copy­right ©2017 by Layli Long Sol­dier, cour­tesy Gray­wolf Press.

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