An American Sunrise

An American Sunrise


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
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.”

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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