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Author Harjo, Joy, author.

Title How we became human : new and selected poems / Joy Harjo.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2004]


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 Southington Library - Adult  811.54 HAR    Check Shelf
Description xxviii, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents from: The last song (1975) (Puerto del Sol Press, chapbook no. 1): Watching crow, looking south toward the Manzano Mountains ;-- "for a hopi silversmith" -- San Juan Pueblo and South Dakota are 800 miles away on a map -- "he told me his name was sitting bull" -- 3 a.m. -- "the last song" -- Are you still there?-- Conversations between here and home. --
from: What moon drove me to this? (1979) ( I. Reed Books): Four horse songs -- I am a dangerous woman -- There was a dance, sweetheart -- Crossing the border -- Someone talking -- Fire. --
from: She had some horses (1983) (Thunder's Mouth Press): Call it fear -- Anchorage -- For Alva Benson, and for those who have learned to speak -- The woman hanging from the thirteenth floor window -- White bear -- Skeleton of winter -- Remember -- New Orleans -- She had some horses -- I give you back. --
from: Secrets from the center of the world (1989) (University of Arizona Press): My house is the red earth -- If you look with the mind of the swirling earth -- If all events are related -- This land is a poem -- Anything that matters -- Invisible fish -- Don't bother the earth spirit -- It is an honor. --
from: In mad love and war (1990) (Wesleyan University Press): Grace -- Deer dancer -- For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, whose spirit is present here and in the dappled stars -- Trickster -- Bird -- The real revolution is love -- Song for the deer and myself to return on -- Rainy dawn -- Santa Fe -- Desire -- The book of myths -- Transformations -- Eagle poem. --
from: The woman who fell from the sky (1994) (W.W. Norton): Reconciliation, a prayer -- The creation story -- The woman who fell from the sky -- The flood -- A postcolonial tale -- The myth of blackbirds -- The song of the house in the house -- Letter from the end of the twentieth century -- Promise of blue horses -- The place the musician became a bear -- Fishing -- Promise -- The dawn appears with butterflies -- Perhaps the world ends here. --
from: A map to the next world : poems and tales (2000) (W.W. Norton): Songline of dawn -- A map to the next world -- The end -- Emergence -- Songs from the house of death, or, How to make it through to the end of a relationship -- The path to the Milky Way leads through Los Angeles -- The power of never -- Hold up -- Returning from the enemy -- The ceremony -- This is my heart -- Protocol -- Morning song. --
New poems, 1999-2001: In praise of earth -- Letter (with songline) to the Breathmaker -- I am not ready to die yet -- Naming -- Faith -- Equinox -- Ah, ah -- Morning prayers -- The everlasting -- And if I awaken in Los Angeles -- It's raining in Honolulu -- Rushing the Pali -- When the world as we knew it ended.
Summary "This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace."--Publisher description.
Subject Indians of North America. (OCoLC)fst00969633
Navajo Indians -- Poetry.
Genre/Form Poetry. (OCoLC)fst01423828
Subject Indian women -- Poetry.
Local Subject Indigenous peoples -- North America -- Poetry.
Subject Indian women. (OCoLC)fst00969245
Genre/Form Poetry.
Subject Nature -- Poetry.
Poetry of places.
Poetry of places. (OCoLC)fst01067759
Indians of North America -- Poetry.
Nature. (OCoLC)fst01034561
Navajo Indians. (OCoLC)fst01034799
ISBN 9780393325348
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