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How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001

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Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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.

ISBN-13: 9780393325348

Media Type: Paperback(New Edition)

Publisher: Norton W. W. & Company Inc.

Publication Date: 01-17-2004

Pages: 272

Product Dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.72(d)

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections and two memoirs, most recently Poet Warrior. The recipient of the 2023 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Adrienne Rich

I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.