In her debut collection, poet Tanaya Winder sings the joys, glories, and laments of love. Love is defined by familial, cultural, platonic, and romantic bonds in these emotional and thoughtfully rendered poems. Her voice traverses the darkness in a quest to learn more about the most complex of subjects.
"Beautifully crafted, woven with grace, "Words like love" takes its place among the voices of Chystos, Janet Marie Rogers, and Joy Harjo. Mahsi cho, Tanaya Winder. Your voice is astonishing."--Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed and Godless but Loyal to Heaven
“Tanaya Winder’s work offers us a profound knowing--that art cures; that the censured and frozen words of love can be born anew in the warm waters of our open mouths -- from bathroom stall graffiti to the classroom poetics of “Patrick.” I am already changed by this collection: in its keen intelligence, its vast empathy, and in the courageous specificity of each and every remembered wounding. Gracias, hermana-hija-poeta.”-- Cherríe Moraga, playwright, poet, and author of A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness
“These poems are a love song for a generation, for those who do everything they can to stand with dignity despite the insults, for those who have died tragically because they could not carry what these poems are carrying. Within these poems is the grief of losing a country, a family, a lover. The poet is a beautiful straggler of history who through poetry has learned how to fly.”--Joy Harjo, Mvskoke/Creek poet, musician, performer and author of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings
Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder Upward Bound Program. A founding editor at As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, she blogs at Letters From A Young Poet @ tanayawinder.wordpress.com/