An American Sunrise: Poems

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 13, 2019 - Poetry - 144 pages

A nationally best-selling volume of wise, powerful poetry from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.

In this stunning collection, Joy Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her own ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother’s death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.


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This was a mixed bag for me. The structure is part poems, part story - some sections were basically stories or histories, not just poems - and tells of Harjo's ancestors Trail of Tears being forced by ... Read full review

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Received this book of poems by Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States from BarbL. I enjoyed reading most of it. from page 6, "Do you know how to make a peaceful road through a human memory ... Read full review

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Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently An American Sunrise, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

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