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Poet Warrior: A Memoir

Poet Warrior: A Memoir

by Joy Harjo
Poet Warrior: A Memoir

Poet Warrior: A Memoir

by Joy Harjo


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Poet Warrior, an exuberant, thoughtful memoir, a bookend companion to her magnificent Crazy Brave, sings of a life moving toward wisdom. In a powerful mix of poetry and prose, infused with a grace of memory, a gift of dream and vision, Joy Harjo walks us through a landscape of individual and collective suffering, the ways of justice and injustice, and the legacies of power and conflict, while at once listening carefully to what can be learned through empathy, connection, belonging, gratefulness, and humor.

Praise for Joy Harjo and Crazy Brave

"Joy Harjo has always been able to see with more than her eyes. Her writing is a testament to this gift…Her hero’s journey is a gift for all those struggling to make their way."
— Sandra Cisneros

"Joy Harjo is a giant-hearted, gorgeous, and glorious gift to the world. Her belief in art, in spirit, is so powerful, it can’t help but spill over to us—lucky readers."
— Pam Houston

"Insightful…Crazy Brave brings one of our finest—and most complicated—poets into view…Raw and honest."
— Jack Shakely, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Harjo is a magician and a master of the English language…[S]he knows how to navigate the rough waters of silence, exile and cunning."
— Jonah Raskin, San Francisco Chronicle

"A…saga about the survival of spirituality and creativity in the face of generations of racism, dispossession, and familial dysfunction…[F]antastic, terrible, and beautiful."
— Rebecca Steintz, Boston Globe

"Harjo gives readers a glimpse into her own mythic life moments: waking dreams that result in some of her most evocative and important poems. Harjo’s poetry, woven throughout, makes this memoir a must-read for her fans and a fascinating door into her world for those new to her work."
— Elizabeth Wilkinson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393248524
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 56,014
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections and two memoirs, most recently Poet Warrior. The recipient of the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

To imagine the spirit of poetry 1

Prepare 3

You might know me first 4

Part 1 Ancestral Roots 7

Part 2 Becoming 63

Part 3 A Postcolonial Tale 97

Part 4 Diamond Light 131

Part 5 Teachers 161

Part 6 Sunset 203

Notes 219

Acknowledgments 221

Credits 223

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