Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

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It feels like, to us, that the world is opening its mind up to diverse voices. As you know, we all “already knew.” And now we can rejoice in the catching up. Joy Harjo puts her life’s Poet Laureate project of creating a digital database of Native poets into our hands. Add this title to your library along with Kevin Young's African American Poetry and YOUR world view will open tenfold. We’re living in such new days. Enjoy the expanse.

A powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today.

Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry.

This companion anthology features each poem and poet from the project—including Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, and Layli Long Soldier, among others—to offer readers a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. The chosen poems reflect on the theme of place and displacement and circle the touchpoints of visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgment. Each poem showcases, as Joy Harjo writes in her stirring introduction, “that heritage is a living thing, and there can be no heritage without land and the relationships that outline our kinship.” In this country, poetry is rooted in the more than five hundred living indigenous nations. Living Nations, Living Words is a representative offering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393867923
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 892,600
File size: 40 MB
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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 a memoir, Crazy Brave. 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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