How We Became Human

New and Selected Poems 1975-2002

Joy Harjo (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book
 

Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32534-8
  • 6.1 × 9.3 in / 272 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Awards

Endorsements & Reviews

“Show[s] 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....Alive with compassion, pain and love, this book is unquestionably an act of kindness.” — Publishers Weekly

“I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.” — Adrienne Rich

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