The Woman who Fell from the Sky: Poems

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W.W. Norton, 1994 - Poetry - 69 pages
Joy Harjo, one of this country's foremost Native American voices, combines elements of storytelling, prayer, and song, informed by her interest in jazz and by her North American tribal background, in this, her fourth volume of poetry. She is a mythic, visionary, and spiritual poet who draws from the Native American tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of American culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. In describing this volume Harjo has said: "I believe that the word poet is synonymous with the word truth teller. So this collection tells a bit of the truth of what I have seen since my coming of age in the late sixties".

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Harjo's collection of personal mythology and family legend reflects her Native American heritage, with modern application of legend. Beautiful weaving of language and image to haunt the reader long ... Read full review

The woman who fell from the sky: poems

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Harjo sets 25 prayer-like prose poems in a spooky land of myth ("real as a scalp being scraped for lice"), depicting an ongoing moral "war" between forces of creation (northern lights, wolves) vs ... Read full review

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