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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Though Harjo does write about motherhood and the marking of the female body, much of it is still inscribed with her own presence in any of the moments that are depicted.

All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice. But there were about 10 poems I really enjoyed, and a couple that will stick with me Several of these hit hard and close to home.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems – |

Mar 24, Cory rated it liked it Shelves: Awesome poetry about being Indian aka Native Americanbeing a woman, a mother, horses, nature, alcoholism, and more. Jarjo Harjo’s poetry applies the richness of Native American myth to the often bleak conditions of modern America and its downtrodden minorities, including those of Native American ancestry, struggling to find juman and redemption.

I don’t know much about poetry, except that I like it when I like it, and I especially becsme the cadence of phrases, the rhythm of the lyrics, and the way she arrived at the ending of things, so that the last words would ripple within me, like a stone dropped into a pond would ripple all the way to the edges.

A hoa 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. I found myself drawn back to the middle, Harjo’s work in the 80’s and early 90’s was by far my favorite but there are gems throughout.


Oct 19, Addyson Santese rated it really liked it. Sep 25, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: We Were There When Jazz Was Invented, a musical hajro that proves southeastern indigenous tribes were part of the origins of American music.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo

The poems buman drop a f There is a great deal of beauty in this collection. Thanks for telling us about the problem. My opinions on this could be largely informed by my own taste.

Focus on the wind, silver, mountains. Jan 31, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Secrets from the Center of the World It’s interesting to see a poet’s work evolve over time.

How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002

Oct 24, Janna Patterson rated it liked it. Aug 20, Vickie rated it it was amazing. A poet who wrote personally but without needing hiw explain herself after every poem was Sexton, whom Harjo mentions as having been an influence on her. This collection of her work spans over thirty years; the reader can see Harjo’s transformation as both a writer and a person, as bdcame writing is highly personal.

The reader encounters many different styles and structures of poetry, creating the sense that the text imitates life in the way that it adapts and shifts itself over time.

They also deliver a great deal of information on various Native American cultures and languages, which I found interesting. This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo’s twenty-eight-year career, beginning in in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music.


It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge. Feb 14, Jamie rated it liked it. For example, even though I’ve never talked to crows and can’t relate to that experience, I have experienced “The Power of Never” in my own life, in that the things I think I’ll never agree to are welcomed into my life anyway. Want to Read saving….

I appreciated the way that Hsrjo described the sensation of togetherness with communities across the United States, the way she painted a portrait not just of the people, but of the places, and of the being there. While reading these poems, Humman had a sense of hearing a multiplicity of voices at once, a multiplicity which occasionally gave place to one identifiably Native American voice rising above the din of the other voices in Harjo’s head and in mine.

HOW WE BECAME HUMAN: New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001

The United States Of America. The prologue is an amazing resource of Harjo’s struggle and her persistence and resolve. She performs nationally and internationally solo and with her band, The Arrow Dynamics.

Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long. Aug 02, Craig Werner rated it really liked it Shelves: What I enjoyed most about the poems hiw this book was the Native American-ness of them.

First strong image of Harjo as mother in this poem. Seeing her progression as a poet is also fascinating and the notes add nuance to the historical or personal context of the poems.