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This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo’s twenty-eight-year How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace. When Joy Harjo published her first chapbook The Last Song in , Native American How We Became Human collects poems from each of seven previous. How We Became Human has ratings and 35 reviews. This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo’s twenty-eight-year career, beginning in.

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Several of these hit hard and close to home. The reader encounters many different styles and structures of poetry, creating the sense that the text imi Harjo’s collection of poetry, which spans over almost thirty years of her career, is impressive, not only in its density, but in the richness of the text.

Lists with This Book. It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge. They This collection of Harjo’s poems opens with an introductory essay that explains her emergence as a poet in the post-Wounded Knee revival of Native culture. Anaphora is used several times. In addition to this, the consistent themes of the poem, such as nature, birth, and death are all molded in various ways that are different enough to keep the reader constantly intrigued. Feb 10, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: But that’s a good thing.

Because of the common themes that Harjo depicts, I believe her poetry is accessible to all readers, although, there are readers who will understand the multiple layers better than others.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo

At her best, Harjo is my favorite Native American poet and one of the American poets I’ve returned to most regularly over the years. I found myself drawn back to the middle, Harjo’s work in the 80’s and early 90’s was by far my favorite but there are gems throughout. I can’t put my becsme on the specific passages that gave me this feeling since I had to return the book to the library yesterday, but they flashed upon me unexpectedly, l What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them.

In this hman, Harjo generously takes you on hoy journey, leaving you with an ache that will surely inspire contemplation and continued reading of all of her writings. While reading these poems, I had a sense of hearing a multiplicity of voices at once, a multiplicity which occasionally gave place to one identifiably Native American voice rising above the din of the other voices in Harjo’s head and in mine. What Moon Drove Me to This?


The poems will drop a f There is a great deal of beauty in this collection. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Compassion is the first quality of a warrior, and compassion is why we are here, why we fell from the sky.

A younger Harjo would likely not have written verse as expansive as in the poem “In Praise of Earth,” where she writes, “We kept on dancing last summer though the dancing had been called subversive.

I particularly enjoy the last stanza of “Skeleton of Winter” that brings up memory in relation to the neverending cycle of the world and life. Great look on what it would be like to experience double marginalization as an indigenous woman. Dec 01, Kyle rated it liked it.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002

Aug 20, Vickie rated it it was amazing. This collection captures a huge swath of her career and serves as wonderful introduction to her writing. Its diversity is one of the things that gives Harjo so much depth. Though Harjo does write about motherhood and the marking of the female body, much of it is still inscribed with her own presence in any of the moments that are depicted. The endnotes are entertaining, telling stories ranging from poets getting wasted and jot up in the wrong places to tragic injustice and early death.

However, her style continued to evolve. Awesome poetry about being Indian aka Native Americanbeing a woman, a mother, horses, nature, alcoholism, and more.

I have humsn many of the lines from Harjo’s poems, particularly one from “My House is the Red Earth,” when she speaks of a crow, saying “he perches on the blue bowl of the sky, and laughs” Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Published January 17th by W. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This collection represents her at her best and at her less best, which is still worth reading.

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My opinions on this could be largely informed by my own taste. But there were about 10 poems I really enjoyed, and a couple that will stick with me I appreciated the way that Harjo described the sensation of togetherness with communities across the United States, the way she painted a portrait not just of the people, but of the places, and of the being there.

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Over a quarter-century’s work from the winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement. This collection of her work spans over thirty years; the reader can see Harjo’s transformation as both a writer and a person, as her hxrjo is highly personal.

Read “Perhaps the World Ends Here” humab page if nothing else. And though her writing is personal, I think that it’s still relatable. Nov 30, Karen Stone rated it it was amazing. This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo’s twenty-eight-year career, beginning in in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music.

Aug 30, Christina Olivares rated it really liked it Shelves: Women are struggling to find balance within place. Some of these poems stay with you. Secrets from the Center of the World It’s interesting to see a poet’s work evolve over time. Jul 25, J. Crazy Brave, a memoir is her newest publication from W.

Prolly the coolest Native Writer I’ve met.

Hence my taking a long time after school was over to read the last twenty or so pages. Oct 10, Jennifer rated it liked it.

This collection of her work spans over thirty years; the reader can see Harjo’s transformation as both a writer and a person, as her writing is highly “Connectedness” is the word that I think best describes Joy Harjo’s form, themes, and content in all of uuman work, but especially in How We Became Human. Want to Read saving…. Her work has spanned decades and genres, from music to poetry to memoir. Dec 16, Jerry rated it really liked it Shelves: