Poem of the Week

curated by Meg Day, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke & Niki Herd

Brought to you mid-week, every week, as a little something something to help get you over the hump.


August 9, 2016 / Kisha Borja-Quichocho




Like the tåsa and haligi of the ancient Chamoru latte stone,
so, too, does your body               maintain the shape
of the healthy                             Chamoru woman.
With those                           full-figured hips,
features delivered
through natural birth for generations,
and with those powerful arms,
reaching for the past,                          calling on our mañaina,
you have remained strong                            throughout the years,
continuously inspire me                                         to live my culture
allowing me to grow into a young                      Chamoru woman myself.
  Through you,                                             I have witnessed the persistence 
and endurance of my ancestors,              who never failed in constructing a latte.
I gima` taotaomo`na,                                           the house of the ancient people.
Hågu i acho` latte-ku.  You are my latte stone.






Curator's notes

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke:

Kisha Borja-Quichocho embodies Chamoru strength and figuresque womanhood with the sensual shape of a latte stone passing lineage and power to the current holder in this beautifully structured and succinct poem "Nåna."


Kisha Borja-Quichocho is from the village of Mangilao on Guam. She is a Chamoru activist, writer, educator, critical thinker, and mother to Lina`la` (Chamoru for life). She enjoys writing, teaching, learning, and engaging in work that has meaning. She hopes to be fluent in Chamoru one day.
















































































































































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