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The West Side of Any Mountain: Place, Space, and Ecopoetry
J. Scott Bryson
087745955X
December 2005
Hardcover
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Review
“Scott Bryson's study of contemporary ecopoetry is a remarkably original and nourishing one. The comparisons between Berry and Harjo, Oliver and Merwin are especially illuminating, and the closing reflection on Thoreau is a knockout. The West Side of Any Mountain will have a lasting impact on my own reading and teaching of poetry.”--John Elder, author of Reading the Mountains of Home and The Frog Run

Book Description
In contrast to nature poets of the past who tended more toward the bucolic and pastoral, many contemporary nature poets are taking up radical environmental and ecological themes. In the last few years, interesting and evocative work that examines this poetry has begun to lay the foundation for studies in ecopoetics. Informed in general by current thinking in...


The Good Luck Cat
Joy Harjo
0152321977
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Native American poet and literary critic Harjo makes her children's book debut with a simple but beautifully executed tale of a "good luck cat": "You pet [her] and good things happen." Woogie, the cat in question, has need of some luckAas the unnamed girl who narrates explains, Woogie has quickly used up eight of her nine lives, surviving an encounter with a large dog, a tumble in the clothes dryer, a fall from a tree, etc. Then, apparently down to her last life, Woogie disappears. The girl searches everywhere and finally puts a dish of food and some cat toys on the stoop, asking her cat to return. The next morning, Woogie has reappeared, missing half an ear but seemingly content. Harjo combines a childlike voice with a command of detail and imagery ("When I pet her she purrs as if she has a drum near her...


Joy Harjo
Rhonda Pettit
088430132X
January 1998
Paperback
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How We Became Human
Joy Harjo
0393051013
July 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A quarter-century's work demonstrates both the difficulties and release of voicing a culture under siege. Harjo's selections from six previous books from The Last Song (1975) to A Map to the Next World: Poems and Tales (2000), show the remarkable progression of a writer determined to reconnect with her past and make sense of her present, drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology: "But I imagined her like this, not a stained red dress with tape on her heels but the deer who entered our dream in white dawn, breathed mist into pine trees, her fawn a blessing of meat, the ancestors who never left." At times, the juxtaposition of the two carries an almost visceral power of regenerative rhythm, most powerfully in the poems...


The Woman Who Fell from the Sky
Joy Harjo
039331362X
Aug 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
Along with N. Scott Momaday, John Trudell, and very few others, Joy Harjo is an essential Native American literary voice. She counts among her devoted readers Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, and Sandra Cisneros; her writing is infused with a generosity of spirit that accounts for much of her appeal. Dancing children, the attempt to heal a broken life, rising moons, and blue horses turning into streaks of lightning are the images Harjo uses to spin her yarns, and her words are spellbinding. Her talent is manifest in "A Postcolonial Tale": "Every day is a reenactment of the creation story. We emerge from dense unspeakable material, through the shimmering power of dreaming stuff." And in "Wolf Warrior": "A white butterfly speckled with pollen joined me in my prayers yesterday as I...


Native Joy for Real
Joy Harjo
0916727238
September 2005
Compact Disc
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Reinventing the Enemy's Language
Joy Harjo
0393318281
Sept 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Coeditors Harjo (The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, LJ 11/15/94) and Bird (Full Moon on the Reservation, Greenfield Review, 1994) have put together a one-of-a-kind anthology of fiction, poetry, and memoir from over 80 Native women writers representing over 50 nations. Although nationally known writers such as Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, and Leslie Silko are included, many others are being published here for the first time. More than a collection of literature, this work is divided into four sections?genesis, struggle, transformation, and returning?to illuminate the writing process. Each writer introduces herself and her philosophical perspective about writing, and the willingness to share personal stories makes this a work of rare beauty, truth, and power. In addition, the anthology also highlights the writers'...


A Map to the Next World
Joy Harjo
0393320960
Mar 2001
Paperback
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Wilma Mankiller
This breathtakingly honest collection of writings is alive with deeply felt and beautifully expressed emotions.

Adrienne Rich
I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking, complex witness and for her world-remaking language: precise, unsentimental, miraculous.

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How We Became Human
Joy Harjo
0393325342
Jan 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A quarter-century's work demonstrates both the difficulties and release of voicing a culture under siege. Harjo's selections from six previous books from The Last Song (1975) to A Map to the Next World: Poems and Tales (2000), show the remarkable progression of a writer determined to reconnect with her past and make sense of her present, drawing together the brutalities of contemporary reservation life with the beauty and sensibility of Native American culture and mythology: "But I imagined her like this, not a stained red dress with tape on her heels but the deer who entered our dream in white dawn, breathed mist into pine trees, her fawn a blessing of meat, the ancestors who never left." At times, the juxtaposition of the two carries an almost visceral power of regenerative rhythm, most powerfully in the poems...


She Had Some Horses
Joy Harjo
1560258306
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
In this powerful collection of poetry, Creek Indian Joy Harjo explores womanhood's most intimate moments. Professor, poetry award winner, performer, and former member of the National Council on the Arts, Harjo’s prose speaks of women's despair, of their imprisonment and ruin at the hands of men and society, but also of their awakenings, power, and love.


The Spiral of Memory
Joy Harjo
0472065815
Feb 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
With the recently-published The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, Joy Harjo has emerged as one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. Over the past two decades, Harjo has refined and perfected a unique poetic voice that speaks her multifaceted experience as Native American, woman and Westerner in twentieth-century society.


The Spiral of Memory
Joy Harjo
0472095811
Feb 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
With the recently-published The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, Joy Harjo has emerged as one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. Over the past two decades, Harjo has refined and perfected a unique poetic voice that speaks her multifaceted experience as Native American, woman and Westerner in twentieth-century society.


Pueblo Imagination
Lee Marmon
0807066141
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Evocative photographs celebrating the rich culture and dramatic landscapes of the Laguna Pueblo, the native people of the U.S. Southwest. Lee Marmon is America's most renowned Native American photographer and yet this is the first book to showcase his breathtaking photography. This book combined Mr. Marmon's award-winning photographs celebrating the Laguna Pueblo - their distinctive landscapes, their traditions and history - with equally gorgeous prose and poetry by three of our most celebrated Native American writers: Lee's daughter, the novelist Leslie Marmon Silko, and the poets Joy Harpo and Simon Ortiz. With each flash of the camera, Lee Marmon captured a piece of Native American history; this book preserves that precious legacy. The Pueblo Imagination will be lavishly produced, with the highest quality...


Secrets from the Center of the World
Joy Harjo
0816511136
Sept 1989
Paperback
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