An American Sunrise

An American Sunrise

Poems

Book - 2019
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"A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the U.S., informed by her tribal history and connection to the land."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781324003861
1324003863
Characteristics: xiii, 116 pages : map ; 22 cm

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AnnabelleLee27 Jul 01, 2020

An outstanding collection of beautiful and painful poems reflecting the experience of forced removal of Native Americans and its reverberation through the subsequent generations.

LPL_ShirleyB Apr 03, 2020

I look forward to savoring this poetry! Joy Harjo is our current U.S. Poet Laureate. As a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma she is the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate. Harjo is also an acclaimed saxophone player.
In a statement, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said Harjo’s work “powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.”

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Nov 08, 2019

"What are we without winds becoming words?" That's from Joy Harjo's poem "Becoming Seventy" (page 87).

Other favorite lines include:
(1) "Each of us is a wave in the river of humanity." (From "Weapons, Or What I Have Taken in My Hand to Speak When I Have No Words", p. 27);
(2) "We are bright with the need for life." (From poem & page listed above);
(3) "None of us is above the other / In this story of forever." (From "The Story Wheel", p. 28);
(4) "The songs of the guardians of silence are the most powerful --- / They are the most rare." (From "Singing Everything", p. 53);
(5) "Someone sang for me and no one else could hear it" (From "A Refuge in the Smallest of Places", p. 59).

A rare jewel of a book . . . No wonder Joy Harjo was named the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2019. --- My favorite poem: Hard to say, very hard to say . . . possibly "The Fight" on page 21.

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