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Chrystos

  • Maybe people have become so stupid as a result of having too many machines / The company we keep.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • We have become as poisoned as the eagle's eggshell.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • To survive we must begin to know sacredness / The pace which most of us live prevents this.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Those hills hold nothing now / Mostly leveled / Without deer, without puma, without pheasant, without blue-bellied lizards, without quail, without ancient oaks / Lawns instead / Deeply disgusted by lawns / Stupid flat green crew cuts / Nothing for anybody to eat.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • However there is no shame when one is foolish with a tree / No bird ever called me crazy / No rock scorns me as a whore / The earth means exactly what it says / The wind is without flattery or lust / Greed is balanced by the hunger of all / So I embrace anew, as my childhood spirit did, the whispers of a world without words.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Of course it is extremely difficult to like oneself in a culture which thinks you are a disease.

    • Chrystos,
    • "I Don't Understand Those Who Have Turned Away from Me," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Our sacred beliefs have been made pencils / names of cities / gas stations / My knee is wounded so badly that I limp constantly / Anger is my crutch / I hold myself upright with it / My knee is wounded / see / How I Am Still Walking.

    • Chrystos,
    • "I Walk in the History of My People," Not Vanishing ()
  • They have our bundles split open in museums / our dresses & shirts at auctions / our languages on tape / our stories in locked rare book libraries / our dances on film / The only part of us they can't steal / is what we know.

    • Chrystos,
    • "Vision: Bundle," Not Vanishing ()
  • The grapevine should be named after a more bitter fruit. It should be called the grapefruit tree.

    • Chrystos,
    • "Perhaps," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()
  • Depression is a very sensible reaction to just about everything we live in now.

    • Chrystos,
    • "Perhaps," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()
  • How many are dying / from the taxes I've paid / with my tired hands?

    • Chrystos,
    • "Down," Dream On ()

Chrystos, Menominee-U.S. writer, artist, Menominee rights activist

(1946)