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In Mad Love and War

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Sacred and secular poems of the Creek Tribe.

Synopsis:

Joy Harjo is a powerful voice for her Creek (Muscogee) tribe (a stolen people in a stolen land), for other oppressed people, and for herself. Her poems, both sacred ad secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. They are rooted in the land; they are one with the deer and the fox, the hawk and the eagle, the sun, moon, and wind, and the seasons - spring/ was lean and hungry with he hope of children and corn. There are enemies here, also lovers; there are ghost dancers, ancestors old and new, who rise again to walk in shoes of fire.

Indeed, fire and its aftermath is a constant image in the burning book. Skies are incendiary; the smoke of dawn turns enemies into ashes: I am fire eaten by wind. Your fire scorched/ my lips. I am lighting the fire that crawls from my spine/ to the gods with a coal from my sister's flame.

But the spirit of this book is not consumed. It is not limited by mad love or war, and there is something larger than the memory/ of a dispossessed people. That something larger is, for example, revolution, freedom, birth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780819511829
Author:
Harjo, Joy
Publisher:
Wesleyan
Location:
Middletown, Conn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
vyp. 93
Publication Date:
19900531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
79
Dimensions:
9.06x6.80x1.05 in. .28 lbs.

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Product details 79 pages Wesleyan University Press - English 9780819511829 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Joy Harjo is a powerful voice for her Creek (Muscogee) tribe (a stolen people in a stolen land), for other oppressed people, and for herself. Her poems, both sacred ad secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. They are rooted in the land; they are one with the deer and the fox, the hawk and the eagle, the sun, moon, and wind, and the seasons - spring/ was lean and hungry with he hope of children and corn. There are enemies here, also lovers; there are ghost dancers, ancestors old and new, who rise again to walk in shoes of fire.

Indeed, fire and its aftermath is a constant image in the burning book. Skies are incendiary; the smoke of dawn turns enemies into ashes: I am fire eaten by wind. Your fire scorched/ my lips. I am lighting the fire that crawls from my spine/ to the gods with a coal from my sister's flame.

But the spirit of this book is not consumed. It is not limited by mad love or war, and there is something larger than the memory/ of a dispossessed people. That something larger is, for example, revolution, freedom, birth.

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