From belly button to umbilical cord to roots, Naomi Ortiz traces the relationships between body and place in her work. In the opening ofSustaining Spirit, Ortiz asks: “¿y donde esta tu ombligo? Where are you centered or rooted?
In Kathi Wolfe’s introduction to We Are Not Your Metaphor: a disability poetry anthology, she writes about the long literary tradition of using disability as a metaphor for all things bad: “How often have you read poems that use blindness as a metaphor for spiritual ignorance, unthinking faith, or moral failings? Or deafness used as a metaphor for isolation, aloneness — a failure to emotionally communicate? Think: world of darkness. Deaf ears.