Poet, photographer, and scholar, Kimberly Blaeser is the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate. A Professor at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, she teaches Creative Writing, Native American Literature, and American Nature Writing. Blaeser is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections— Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You, and the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. She is also the author of the scholarly monograph Gerald Vizenor: Writing in the Oral Tradition. Blaeser’s poetry, short fiction, and essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Her poetry has also been translated into several languages including Spanish, Norwegian, Indonesian, and French. She has been the recipient of awards for both writing and speaking, among these a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Poetry and three Pushcart Nominations. Her poem “Living History” was selected for installation in the Midwest Express Building in Milwaukee. Her current creative project features “Picto-Poems” and brings her nature and wildlife photography together with poetry to explore intersecting ideas about Native place, nature, preservation, and spiritual sustenance. Of Anishinaabe ancestry and a native of White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota, Blaeser currently lives with her family in the woods and wetlands of rural Lyons Township, Wisconsin.
Fire, After Fire
A Subjectifixation Cento for Two Voices*
*All language in the poem comes from the poetry of Anishinaabe writers collected in Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry.