Catching the light

Joy Harjo

Book - 2022

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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Series
Why I write series.
Subjects
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press [2022]
Language
English
Item Description
The 2021 Windham-Campbell Lecture
Physical Description
122 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN
9780300257038
Main Author
Joy Harjo (author)