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How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001by Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo's poems call to her sisters, her brothers, and the earth collectively and invite them to reveal and release a woven energy. This collection offers a twenty-six-year glimpse into an amazing span of achievements.
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This collection offers a selection of Joy Harjo's body of work, including poems from She Had Some Horses and Mad Love and War. Known for her signature blend of storytelling, prayer, and song, her work draws from the American tradition of praising the land and the spirit. She began writing in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of world indigenous cultures through poetry and music. Recognized today as one of our foremost American poets, Harjo has created a necessary volume that explores how we became human in poems of sustaining grace.
"I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language: precise, unsentimental, miraculous." Adrienne Rich
"Alive with compassion, pain and love, this book is unquestionably an act of kindness." Publishers Weekly
Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.
About the Author
Joy Harjo belongs to the Muscogee Nation and is the author of six poetry books.
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