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A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States

In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a “magician and a master” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.

©2019 Joy Harjo (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Edward Joseph Kaitz
  • 12-02-2020

Dug this!

Wow, some really great poetry, very connected to Spirit and the earth and all humanity, performed exquisitely by the authoress.

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  • Annutichiaq
  • 23-07-2021

Indigenous listen

It is heartwarming to hear Indigenous voices. Felt your poems and brought inspiration to my indigenous soul.

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  • Lisa Petrov
  • 03-07-2021

LOVED listening to the poet!

Joy Harjo reads/sings these poems to perfection. I know I will listen to many of them over and over again.

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  • Red-Haired Ash
  • 19-05-2021

another wonderful collection of poems

4 stars - It was really good

In these poems, Joy Harjo discusses the joys and struggles of everyday life. This was a wonderful collection of poetry filled with love, heartbreak, and survival. I really enjoy Harjo’s way with words and painting an image in just a few lines.

As I said in my review of An American Sunrise, I highly recommend listening to this collection of poems because Harjo does a wonderful job of conveying the emotions of the poems. She also sings some in this collection, in both her native language and English, and it made those sections feel more powerful.

I highly recommend this collection of poetry, especially if you are looking for heartfelt and emotional ones that can give you a glimpse of someone else's world.

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  • Kathy Plourde
  • 27-10-2020

Beautiful

A Beautiful Recitation of Powerful Words. you require more words is ridiculous... nothing more is needed

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  • Tom
  • 11-09-2020

More Beautiful Verses from Harjo

I love the rhythm of her verses. She holds so much anger and injustice in her heart. Her love for the Earth and her People is so entrancing, the Reader wants to see what she sees and feel what she feels. But we can’t fully experience her World the way she can, but we can feel the Humanity we share with her and hear that in her words.

That will be enough. It will have to be.

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  • Crystal Warren
  • 07-09-2021

Powerful poems

Poetry works really well in audio, especially when read by the poet. I loved this collection. Powerful poems read beautifully. I am definitely going to listen to this again.

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  • Omi
  • 09-06-2021

Food for the soul

My heart is filled with love and longing to listen again and again. I was sitting under my trees watching their swaying branches in the evening breeze, the voice swaying with the rhythm of the words, altogether a spiritual experience.

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  • s. orourke
  • 02-06-2021

gives me insight to the Native American's plight

Joy Harjo has inspired me as part Native i felt lost in the sea of immigrating white europeans killing Natives in the name of their lord. as i stepped into church, their teachings never made sense. Natives r born innocent not like the whites born as sinners.

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  • Erika C Noguera
  • 26-04-2021

This is powerful healing

This was so beautiful and heart stirring and empowering. I feel more human having listened and inspired.

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