2017 Big Read

2017 Big Read: How We Became Human by Joy Harjo

2017 Big Read: How We Became Human by Joy Harjo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming in October 2017!

“Don’t worry about what a poem means. Do you ask what a song means before you listen? Just listen.” – Joy Harjo

To open Joy Harjo’s How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001 (W.W. Norton, 2002) is to be immersed in the power of nature, spirituality, memory, violence, and the splintered history of America’s indigenous peoples. To read her poetry is to get drawn into the rhythms, sounds, and stories of Harjo’s Creek heritage. The collection offers a glimpse into the first quarter-century of Harjo’s career, and includes an introduction about the circumstances at play in her life when she wrote the poems. Drawing together “the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology,” writes Publishers Weekly, the book shows “the remarkable progression of a writer determined to reconnect with her past and make sense of her present.” “I am driven to explore the depths of creation and the depths of meaning,” said Harjo. “Being native, female, a global citizen in these times is the root, even the palette” (Terrain).

About the Author, Joy Harjo

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