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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Nov 30, Karen Stone rated it it was amazing. I know it and have dreaded the knot of memory as it unwinds in my gut. Considering the title, the “We” could be interpreted as a specific group of people, in the way that every culture has their own creation story, but I think that the “We” in hqrjo case is open to humankind as a becsme, which offers anyone a way in to her poetry.
The reader encounters many different styles and structures of poetry, creating qe sense that the text imitates life in the way that it adapts and shifts itself over time. Great look on what it would be like to experience double marginalization as an indigenous woman. Mason rated it it was amazing. Nov 19, Mia Aguilera rated it really 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.
We Were Harjp When Jazz Was Invented, a musical story that proves southeastern indigenous tribes were part of the origins of American music.
Lists with This Book. Annotations Hoq Last Song Lots of nature imagery. In “How We Became Human,” Harjo presents work from her vast oeuvre, presenting the reader with the chance to better understand the evolution of her style and her very self. She writes in the Notes ae follow the poems in this book, of how she struggled as a beginning poet to cut out specific references to cities, brand names, events, historical figures, etc.
Harjo tackles relationships more in this section. There is a stronger sense of narrative and characterization.
How We Became Human
However, her style continued to evolve. Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long. Dec 07, Patricia McLaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, though, this is a hoy collection, and I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in contemporary poetry as a whole and Native American poetry specifically.
This is a phenomenal set of poems. It’s a shame that Harjo doesn’t quite live up to her influencer’s skill.
Published January 17th by W. Over a quarter-century’s work from the winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement. Books by Joy Harjo. Aug 02, Craig Werner rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages.
Seeing her progression as a poet is also fascinating and the notes add nuance to the historical or personal context of the poems. She lives in the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma. I love the tongue and cheek pun on how the mainstream culture tends to antiquate their culture from the influence of Hollywood. They grapple with issues of colonialism and how to create an identity when the larger society is working against you. Some of these poems stay with you.
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A poet who wrote personally but without needing to explain herself after every poem was Sexton, whom Harjo mentions as having been an influence on her. Its diversity is one of the things that gives Harjo so much depth. But that’s a good thing. Because of the common themes that Harjo depicts, I believe her poetry is accessible to all readers, although, there are readers who will understand the multiple layers better than others. Open Preview See a Bevame At her best, Harjo is my becane Native American poet and qe of the American poets I’ve returned to most regularly over the years.
It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge. The poems will drop a first name, and then the notes will explain who the person is, and without the notes, it is impossible to feel much of the effect of the poem, or even to find its theme.
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Many of the poems are strong in form and have a song-like rhythm. I appreciated the way that Harjo 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. I particularly liked this line, “To make art is to replicate the purpose of original creation. I particularly enjoy the last stanza of “Skeleton of Winter” that brings up memory in harmo to the neverending cycle of the world and life.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 09, Riah rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
They also deliver a great deal of information on various Native American cultures and languages, which I found interesting. 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.
Overall, “How We Became Human” is a text with incredible benefit – it lends insight into a community of writers hiw are still largely under-appreciated.
Aug 30, Christina Olivares rated it really liked it Shelves: A Map to the Next World: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them. That’s what poetry’s supposed to do.
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