How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001

by Joy Harjo

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780393325348
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 212,948
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently An American Sunrise, and one previous memoir, Crazy Brave. She edited the anthologies When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through and Living Nations, Living Words. Named poet laureate of the United States in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

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I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.

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