There are wings feathered with blood cells,
Egg shell eyes, words as talons, our skin is breached in story.
A painted infant skull, its name was my grandmother’s favorite uncle.
We winter in the reign of Hotchkiss gun.
Our brown skin fluttered with molten mosquito bites.
My sister’s head kicked across the snow,
And those men laugh, we want to feel.
Every erected structure is a memorial to razed genes.
Trevino Brings Plenty, Skull
American, b. 1976, playing from Portland, OR, USA
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. He is singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival.
In college, Trevino worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for this poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar.
Trevino is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Some of his work explores the American Indian identity in American culture and how it has through genealogical history affected indigenous peoples in the 21st century. He writes of urban Indian life; it’s his subject.
Other titles by author: Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012); Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008)
Thoughts on the Telephone process
It was fun and amazing to think out about the interconnectivity of a global artistic effort.