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Catching the light / Joy Harjo.

Harjo, Joy, (author.).


In this lyrical meditation about the why of writing poetry, Joy Harjo reflects on significant points of illumination, experience, and questioning from her fifty years as a poet. Comprised of intimate vignettes that take us through the author's life journey as a youth in the late 1960s, a single mother, and a champion of Native nations, this book offers a fresh understanding of how poetry functions as an expression of purpose, spirit, community, and memory. Harjo insists the most meaningful poetry is birthed through cracks in history from what is broken and unseen. At the crossroads of this brokenness, she calls us to watch and listen for the songs of justice for all those America has denied. This is an homage to the power of words to defy erasure--to inscribe the story, again and again, of who we have been, who we are, and who we can be.

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  • ISBN: 0300257031
  • ISBN: 9780300257038
  • Physical Description: 122 pages ; 18 cm.
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
The 2021 Windham-Campbell Lecture
Subject: Harjo, Joy.
Harjo, Joy.
Poets, American > 20th century > Biography.
Poets, American > 21st century > Biography.
Poets laureate > United States > Biography.
Indian women authors > United States > Biography.
Women poets, American > 20th century > Biography.
Women poets, American > 21st century > Biography.
Poetry > Authorship.
Poetry > Social aspects.
Indian women authors.
Poetry > Authorship.
Poetry > Social aspects.
Poets, American.
Poets laureate.
Women poets, American.
United States.
LITERARY CRITICISM / Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
Genre: Biographies.

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