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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humsn Thanks for telling us about the problem. May 04, B. On a personal level, I found her early pieces to be less interesting – their simplicity is underdeveloped and it lacks the worldview that we see in later work.
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Nov 30, Karen Stone rated it it was amazing. Hence my taking a long time after school was over to read the last twenty or so pages. I don’t know much about poetry, except that I like it when I like it, and I especially liked the cadence of phrases, the rhythm of the lyrics, and the way she arrived at the ending of things, so becamr the last words would ripple within me, like a stone dropped into a pond would ripple all the way to the edges.
I would have just appreciated humann of the sociopolitical side and less of the presence of Harjo herself. I can’t put my finger on the specific passages becane 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.
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. She writes poignantly on themes of birth, death, now.
Dec 16, Jerry rated it really liked it Shelves: But that’s a good thing.
Oct 13, Harno rated it liked it. It’s like reading too much Gonzo literature – I can only read so much of an author’s presence in a text before they become like a friend who has extended their stay. I know it and have dreaded the knot of memory as it unwinds in my gut.
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What Moon Drove Me to This? It also explains her approach to poetry. A poet who wrote personally but without needing to explain herself after every poem was Sexton, whom Harjo mentions as having been an influence on her.
Its diversity is one of the things that gives Harjo so much depth.
HOW WE BECAME HUMAN: New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001
I have internalized 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” It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge. In this collection, Harjo generously takes you on her journey, leaving you with an ache that becsme surely inspire contemplation and continued reading of all of her writings.
She is a founding board member and treasurer of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Return to Book Page. The endnotes are entertaining, telling stories ranging from poets getting wasted and waking up in the wrong places to tragic injustice and early death. All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice.
Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I can’t put my finger 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, like fireflies, a surprise and a gift each time.
How We Became Human
Don’t know how I never heard of her before this, I liked her work almost as much as Billy Collins. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace. As she states in the introduction, “There is no separation between poetry, the stories and events that link them, or the music that holds all together, just as there is no separation between human, animal, plant, sky, and earth.
She writes in the Notes which follow the poems in this book, of how she struggled as a beginning poet to cut out specific references to cities, brand names, events, historical figures, etc. How We Became Human: Focus on the wind, silver, mountains. She performs nationally and internationally solo and with her band, Bceame Arrow Dynamics. In other words, there are bits and pieces throughout the collection that I simply can’t relate to, but there are always those bits and pieces that I think anyone could relate to.
Nov 19, Mia Aguilera rated it really liked it. However, I feel that the endnotes are relied on too heavily to interpret the poems. She lives in the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma. Her work has spanned decades and genres, from music jot poetry to memoir.
To ask other readers questions about How We Became Humanplease sign up. There is a great deal of beauty in this collection.