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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A Map to the Next World: But that’s a good thing. First strong image of Harjo as mother in this poem. Several of these hit hard bceame close to home. She writes poignantly on themes of birth, death, renewal. Dec 07, Patricia McLaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: The reader encounters many different styles and structures of poetry, creating the sense that the text imi Harjo’s collection of poetry, which spans over almost thirty years of her career, is impressive, not only in its density, but in the richness of the text.

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

Oct 22, Blake Carrera rated it it was ok. Norton Company first published Lingering in the back of your mind for days as you slowly feel them out. Harjo blends Native American values and myths with current life in order to draw connections to feminist concepts, the inconsistency of memory, and surviving in a world that is hard to recognize at moy. I found some individual poems in this book rather good, but thematically and as a whole, it felt inaccessible.

Please read She had some horses separately and judge for yourselves! Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long.

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

Sep 25, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 14, Jamie rated it liked it. 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. Annotations The Last Song Lots of nature imagery. Overall, though, this is a strong collection, and I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in contemporary poetry as a whole and Native American poetry specifically.

That’s what poetry’s supposed to do. Open Preview See a Problem? As a resident of the Southwest myself, I found much of the imagery to be related to my own encounters with the land, which made for a richer reading experience.

How We Became Human: Great look on what it would be like to experience double marginalization as an indigenous woman. I wondered, reading this book, whether there is a way for Harjo to remove herself in any way from her poems, especially as she has gotten older. Trying to describe Harjo’s form is incredibly difficult, as it has metamorphosed so many times in the thirty years that this book covers.

The poems will drop a f There is a great deal of beauty in this collection. What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them.

She Had Some Horses Distinct variation of poetic tools in this section. I appreciated the way that Harjo described the sensation of togetherness with communities across the United States, the way she painted a becane not just of the people, but of the places, and of the being there. I don’t know much about poetry, except that I like it when I like it, and I especially liked the cadence necame 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.

Aug 20, Vickie rated it it was amazing. Oct 10, Jennifer rated it liked it. Hence my taking a long time after school was over to read the last twenty or so pages. This collection of her work spans over thirty years; the reader can see Harjo’s transformation as both a writer and a person, as her writing is highly personal. I love the introduction when the author said to a group of indigenous people ‘hello, I thought John Wayne killed all of you’.

Want to Read saving…. Women are struggling to find balance within place. Jun 25, Sandy D. What holds me back from a true appreciation of Harjo is the fact that she seems to cling far too much to her own presence in the text.

It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge. 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 wwe I think anyone could relate to.

Harjo’s collection of poetry, which spans over almost thirty years of her career, is impressive, not only in its density, but in the richness of the text.

Prolly the coolest Native Writer I’ve met. 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, l What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them.

There are no discussion topics on this jooy yet. As she states in the introduction, “There is no separation between poetry, the stories and hqrjo that link them, or the music that holds all together, just as there is no separation between human, animal, plant, sky, and earth.

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