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Crazy Brave ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Crazy Brave Author Joy Harjo – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry gave birth while still a teenager and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice Harjo s tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.


About the Author: Joy Harjo

Bio Joy HarjoJoy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation She has released four award winning CD s of original music and won a Native American Music Award NAMMY for Best Female Artist of the Year She performs nationally and internationally solo and with her band, The Arrow Dynamics She has appeared on HBO s Def Poetry Jam, in venues in every major US city and internationally Most recently she performed We Were There When Jazz Was Invented at the Chan Centre at UBC in Vancouver, BC, and appeared at the San Miguel Writer s Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Her one woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which features guitarist Larry Mitchell premiered in Los Angeles in , with recent performances at Joe s Pub in New York City, LaJolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry, and the University of British Columbia Her seven books of poetry include such well known titles as How We Became Human New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses Her awards include the New Mexico Governor s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America She was recently awarded Artist of the Year from the Mvskoke Women s Leadership Initiative, and a Rasmuson US Artists Fellowship She is a founding board member and treasurer of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Harjo writes a column Comings and Goings for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News Soul Talk, Song Language, Conversations with Joy Harjo was recently released from Wesleyan University Press Crazy Brave, a memoir is her newest publication from WW Norton, and a new album of music is being produced by the drummer producer Barrett Martin She is at work on a new shows We Were There When Jazz Was Invented, a musical story that proves southeastern indigenous tribes were part of the origins of American music She lives in the Mvskoke Nation of Oklahoma.



10 thoughts on “Crazy Brave

  1. Brina Brina says:

    Happy International Women s Day, March 8, 2019 Joy Harjo is one of my favorite poets From both Creek and Cherokee tribal nations, she writes about her people s history with such a poignancy and grace Harjo usually includes background information about each poem so that readers can empathize with her as she addresses current events that still plague her people to this day When I found out that she had written a memoir I was moved to read it Crazy Brave is Harjo s raw, poignant story of growin Happy International Women s Day, March 8, 2019 Joy Harjo is one of my favorite poets From both Creek and Cherokee tribal nations, she writes about her people s history with such a poignancy and grace Harjo usually includes background information about each poem so that readers can empathize with her as she addresses current events that still plague her people to this day When I found out that she had written a memoir I was moved to read it Crazy Brave is Harjo s raw, poignant story of growing up in an abusive home in Creek Territory close to Tulsa, Oklahoma and what lead her to study fine arts Harjo s mother divorced her biological father when she was five and her younger siblings were nothan babies Quick to remarry because she was in need of money to support her family, Harjo s stepfather was seventeen years older than her mother and an abusive drill sergeant Keeping a double standard, he would go out drinking and seeing women each night while his new wife had to work two jobs and run the house The children were not to be seen and if they as much as made a peep, they were beaten with a belt Harjo s mother was powerless to stop him because at the time there were few resources available to victims of domestic abuse and even fewer available to native women Harjo possessed a strong spiritual side and converses with the spirits and this lead to her flourishing in fine arts from an early age Yet, her stepfather stifled her creativity and had his eye on her To get out of the house, Harjo attended the Indian Affairs boarding school of International Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and left home for good She thrived away from an abusive home and studied all branches of the arts including painting, poetry, and dance, winning a spot on a traveling theater and dance troupe that performed for all reservations in the west Yet, in the 1960s, Santa Fe was the height of the hippie movement outside of San Francisco, and many of these students turned to recreational drug and alcohol usage, Harjo included Fighting an internal battle to stop her maternal line s history of alcohol dependency, Harjo was doomed to repeat a cycle of teenage pregnancy and domestic violence Joy Harjo did not turn to poetry for solace until after she divorced her second husband and her home became a safe house for Native victims of spousal and domestic abuse As a literature student at the University of New Mexico, her voice and talent flourished as she also took up the saxophone, an instrument she plays to this day While this slim memoir is another entry into the world of Harjo s writing, it is not for the faint of heart as there is evidence of rape, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence within its page It is tough to read what occurred to the women in her family but a relief to discover that they ultimately persevered Today, Harjo encourages women to seek shelter and her life cause is evident in all of her writing International Women s Day celebrates women from all walks of life, and Joy Harjo in her work to assist women victims of domestic abuse should be lauded and included reading on any Women s Month lineup 3.5 stars rounded up


  2. Michael Michael says:

    A contemplative memoir sketching Harjo s journey toward becoming a woman and a poet For much of the work she reflects on her youth, thoughtfully considering everything from the origins of her love of art to her struggle to evade her violent white stepfather, but in the final stretch she shifts to recounting her experience of early motherhood, as well as the overwhelming panic she felt in the wake of a string of abusive relationships The end feels a bit rushed and inconclusive, but Harjo s acco A contemplative memoir sketching Harjo s journey toward becoming a woman and a poet For much of the work she reflects on her youth, thoughtfully considering everything from the origins of her love of art to her struggle to evade her violent white stepfather, but in the final stretch she shifts to recounting her experience of early motherhood, as well as the overwhelming panic she felt in the wake of a string of abusive relationships The end feels a bit rushed and inconclusive, but Harjo s account of her coming of age is moving and poetically written


  3. Thomas Thomas says:

    3.5 starsLove the raw vulnerability and commitment to art in this memoir In Crazy Brave Joy Harjo writes about growing up with an abusive stepfather, developing her love and vision for poetry, and escaping from the cycle of abuse again later on in her life Harjo grounds this memoir in tribal myth and ancestry The two themes I found most compelling in Crazy Brave overcoming abusive relationships and healing through art Harjo writes about her family s and her own experience in abusive relatio 3.5 starsLove the raw vulnerability and commitment to art in this memoir In Crazy Brave Joy Harjo writes about growing up with an abusive stepfather, developing her love and vision for poetry, and escaping from the cycle of abuse again later on in her life Harjo grounds this memoir in tribal myth and ancestry The two themes I found most compelling in Crazy Brave overcoming abusive relationships and healing through art Harjo writes about her family s and her own experience in abusive relationships in such a powerful way, showing what draws women back into abusive dynamics e.g., patriarchy and the difficult yet ultimately life affirming act of breaking free Harjo also writes so purely about her love for art and how it saved her when she could have chosen so many otherdamaging coping mechanisms I appreciated her vulnerability, especially given how she shared about some pretty awful experiences.Overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend to those interested in reading a memoir by a Native woman While I found the narrative a little dry at times e.g., this happened, then this happened, then this happened and wantedcontent toward the end to flesh out her story, I still liked Crazy Brave Looking forward to discussing it with my feminist book club


  4. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I wanted to read the memoir of the U.S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo before I read her poetry so I was happy to find the ebook through my public library From her childhood in Oklahoma until she was accepted into a native American arts school in Santa Fe, this is also the story of how she found her poetry voice At times she wrote a bit obtusely about events, which felt like her taking a step back from her own experience and asking the reader to fill in the gaps There is a lot of pain there, but als I wanted to read the memoir of the U.S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo before I read her poetry so I was happy to find the ebook through my public library From her childhood in Oklahoma until she was accepted into a native American arts school in Santa Fe, this is also the story of how she found her poetry voice At times she wrote a bit obtusely about events, which felt like her taking a step back from her own experience and asking the reader to fill in the gaps There is a lot of pain there, but also a deep spirituality that has pulled her through her life I marked some bits in Kindle which should show up somewhere else in this review so I will not paste them here


  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    The GR book description states In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world The author s lines describing the abusive family situation of her youth are cle The GR book description states In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world The author s lines describing the abusive family situation of her youth are clear, albeit emotionally draining When she speaks of her personal development and transformation through transcendental spirituality the lines become abstruse Perception of the world around her becomes vague, clothed in bewildering metaphors and unclear What I saw happening could easily have been expressed in ordinary words For example, while I might explain a nagging suspicion through intuition, she speaks of diffuse ancestral Native American beliefs confusingly described Poetry is pretty, but to convey a message is it the best means The author s connection with the natural world is scarcely touched upon Her passage toward psychological stability is not explained in a manner that I can understand I do not believe others can learn from her experiences You learn little about Native American beliefs or customs This is a personal story The author reads her own book There is a beauty in some of the author s poetic lines, but unfortunately the flow of the words is jagged Pauses are inserted in the wrong places and the wrong words were emphasized The import of the lines became unclear She does have a strong, deep voice that resonates well


  6. V V says:

    Ate this book in a sitting One to be passed down through generations Hauntingly beautiful, poignant, and true Carefully tells its own story while calmly talking of the universe.


  7. Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) says:

    3.5 starsI ve stacked several books by Joy Harjo over the last couple years but it wasn t until she was recently named our U.S Poet Laureate that I finally grabbed this memoir from the library Harjo masterfully weaves her life story with tribal myth, poetry, and stream of conciousness.From the loss of her father to abuse at the hands of her step father, Harjo of the Muscogee Creek Nation found healing as a teen at the Institute of American Indian Arts Later, she was able to break the patter 3.5 starsI ve stacked several books by Joy Harjo over the last couple years but it wasn t until she was recently named our U.S Poet Laureate that I finally grabbed this memoir from the library Harjo masterfully weaves her life story with tribal myth, poetry, and stream of conciousness.From the loss of her father to abuse at the hands of her step father, Harjo of the Muscogee Creek Nation found healing as a teen at the Institute of American Indian Arts Later, she was able to break the pattern of abuse in her life and overcome poverty raising two children and pursuing her passion for music and poetry.At under 200 pages, this is a brief but powerful glimpse into Harjo s life I keep coming back to the vulnerability she shares with readers and how she ultimately found the strength to listen to her inner voice and take control of her own life.Crazy Brave is a beautiful memoir written in an original voice I would ve loveddetail but deeply appreciate what Harjo has chosen to share and the style in which she shares it.I recommend this to readers interested in memoir, poetry, and Native American heritage tradition.Forreviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com


  8. McGuffy Morris McGuffy Morris says:

    I have been a follower of Joy Harjo for many years I have her books and CDs.Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insight and clarity.In this memoir, Joy Harjo recalls important aspects of her life Joy s journey in life has been a difficult one Being of Native American heritage though mixed , her experiences are clearly rooted in tradition and spirit Yet, she has always felt this knowing It has been her guid I have been a follower of Joy Harjo for many years I have her books and CDs.Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insight and clarity.In this memoir, Joy Harjo recalls important aspects of her life Joy s journey in life has been a difficult one Being of Native American heritage though mixed , her experiences are clearly rooted in tradition and spirit Yet, she has always felt this knowing It has been her guide and her saving grace throughout her life Her ability to trust her inner vision, her knowing , and this unspoken voice is indeedthan brave Her example in following this is powerful.I greatly respect the strong ties to nature and the earth found in Native American spirituality I incorporate many of these beliefs and thoughts, personally My own heritage is mixed and rough Unfortunately, I do not know much about this part of my ancestral history.In addition to this brave, lyrical memoir and her poetry, Joy Harjo is a gifted musician I highly recommend all of her creative and important offerings She is both inspiring and wise


  9. Neile Neile says:

    I love Joy Harjo s poetry, but at first when I started this it felt way too all over the place and stream of consciousness for me but I m glad I kept with it, as like some poems it gradually came intoandfocus as Harjo talked about her life after early childhood The earlier images stories began to her shape the later images and stories It ended up feeling like an impressionistic, but vital, depiction of childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood Not an easy read or life, but Ha I love Joy Harjo s poetry, but at first when I started this it felt way too all over the place and stream of consciousness for me but I m glad I kept with it, as like some poems it gradually came intoandfocus as Harjo talked about her life after early childhood The earlier images stories began to her shape the later images and stories It ended up feeling like an impressionistic, but vital, depiction of childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood Not an easy read or life, but Harjo shines through it like a meteor Highly recommended


  10. Laila (BigReadingLife) Laila (BigReadingLife) says:

    An unflinching but ultimately hopeful look at a hard upbringing and the legacy of Native American genocide and oppression that shaped generations after, specifically in her family Harjo is the U.S Poet Laureate and she shares her family story, her dreams, her failures, and her creativity in an appealing mix of spiritual cultural exploration and memoir.


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10 thoughts on “Crazy Brave

  1. Brina Brina says:

    Happy International Women s Day, March 8, 2019 Joy Harjo is one of my favorite poets From both Creek and Cherokee tribal nations, she writes about her people s history with such a poignancy and grace Harjo usually includes background information about each poem so that readers can empathize with her as she addresses current events that still plague her people to this day When I found out that she had written a memoir I was moved to read it Crazy Brave is Harjo s raw, poignant story of growin Happy International Women s Day, March 8, 2019 Joy Harjo is one of my favorite poets From both Creek and Cherokee tribal nations, she writes about her people s history with such a poignancy and grace Harjo usually includes background information about each poem so that readers can empathize with her as she addresses current events that still plague her people to this day When I found out that she had written a memoir I was moved to read it Crazy Brave is Harjo s raw, poignant story of growing up in an abusive home in Creek Territory close to Tulsa, Oklahoma and what lead her to study fine arts Harjo s mother divorced her biological father when she was five and her younger siblings were nothan babies Quick to remarry because she was in need of money to support her family, Harjo s stepfather was seventeen years older than her mother and an abusive drill sergeant Keeping a double standard, he would go out drinking and seeing women each night while his new wife had to work two jobs and run the house The children were not to be seen and if they as much as made a peep, they were beaten with a belt Harjo s mother was powerless to stop him because at the time there were few resources available to victims of domestic abuse and even fewer available to native women Harjo possessed a strong spiritual side and converses with the spirits and this lead to her flourishing in fine arts from an early age Yet, her stepfather stifled her creativity and had his eye on her To get out of the house, Harjo attended the Indian Affairs boarding school of International Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and left home for good She thrived away from an abusive home and studied all branches of the arts including painting, poetry, and dance, winning a spot on a traveling theater and dance troupe that performed for all reservations in the west Yet, in the 1960s, Santa Fe was the height of the hippie movement outside of San Francisco, and many of these students turned to recreational drug and alcohol usage, Harjo included Fighting an internal battle to stop her maternal line s history of alcohol dependency, Harjo was doomed to repeat a cycle of teenage pregnancy and domestic violence Joy Harjo did not turn to poetry for solace until after she divorced her second husband and her home became a safe house for Native victims of spousal and domestic abuse As a literature student at the University of New Mexico, her voice and talent flourished as she also took up the saxophone, an instrument she plays to this day While this slim memoir is another entry into the world of Harjo s writing, it is not for the faint of heart as there is evidence of rape, alcohol abuse, and domestic violence within its page It is tough to read what occurred to the women in her family but a relief to discover that they ultimately persevered Today, Harjo encourages women to seek shelter and her life cause is evident in all of her writing International Women s Day celebrates women from all walks of life, and Joy Harjo in her work to assist women victims of domestic abuse should be lauded and included reading on any Women s Month lineup 3.5 stars rounded up

  2. Michael Michael says:

    A contemplative memoir sketching Harjo s journey toward becoming a woman and a poet For much of the work she reflects on her youth, thoughtfully considering everything from the origins of her love of art to her struggle to evade her violent white stepfather, but in the final stretch she shifts to recounting her experience of early motherhood, as well as the overwhelming panic she felt in the wake of a string of abusive relationships The end feels a bit rushed and inconclusive, but Harjo s acco A contemplative memoir sketching Harjo s journey toward becoming a woman and a poet For much of the work she reflects on her youth, thoughtfully considering everything from the origins of her love of art to her struggle to evade her violent white stepfather, but in the final stretch she shifts to recounting her experience of early motherhood, as well as the overwhelming panic she felt in the wake of a string of abusive relationships The end feels a bit rushed and inconclusive, but Harjo s account of her coming of age is moving and poetically written

  3. Thomas Thomas says:

    3.5 starsLove the raw vulnerability and commitment to art in this memoir In Crazy Brave Joy Harjo writes about growing up with an abusive stepfather, developing her love and vision for poetry, and escaping from the cycle of abuse again later on in her life Harjo grounds this memoir in tribal myth and ancestry The two themes I found most compelling in Crazy Brave overcoming abusive relationships and healing through art Harjo writes about her family s and her own experience in abusive relatio 3.5 starsLove the raw vulnerability and commitment to art in this memoir In Crazy Brave Joy Harjo writes about growing up with an abusive stepfather, developing her love and vision for poetry, and escaping from the cycle of abuse again later on in her life Harjo grounds this memoir in tribal myth and ancestry The two themes I found most compelling in Crazy Brave overcoming abusive relationships and healing through art Harjo writes about her family s and her own experience in abusive relationships in such a powerful way, showing what draws women back into abusive dynamics e.g., patriarchy and the difficult yet ultimately life affirming act of breaking free Harjo also writes so purely about her love for art and how it saved her when she could have chosen so many otherdamaging coping mechanisms I appreciated her vulnerability, especially given how she shared about some pretty awful experiences.Overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend to those interested in reading a memoir by a Native woman While I found the narrative a little dry at times e.g., this happened, then this happened, then this happened and wantedcontent toward the end to flesh out her story, I still liked Crazy Brave Looking forward to discussing it with my feminist book club

  4. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    I wanted to read the memoir of the U.S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo before I read her poetry so I was happy to find the ebook through my public library From her childhood in Oklahoma until she was accepted into a native American arts school in Santa Fe, this is also the story of how she found her poetry voice At times she wrote a bit obtusely about events, which felt like her taking a step back from her own experience and asking the reader to fill in the gaps There is a lot of pain there, but als I wanted to read the memoir of the U.S Poet Laureate Joy Harjo before I read her poetry so I was happy to find the ebook through my public library From her childhood in Oklahoma until she was accepted into a native American arts school in Santa Fe, this is also the story of how she found her poetry voice At times she wrote a bit obtusely about events, which felt like her taking a step back from her own experience and asking the reader to fill in the gaps There is a lot of pain there, but also a deep spirituality that has pulled her through her life I marked some bits in Kindle which should show up somewhere else in this review so I will not paste them here

  5. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    The GR book description states In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world The author s lines describing the abusive family situation of her youth are cle The GR book description states In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world The author s lines describing the abusive family situation of her youth are clear, albeit emotionally draining When she speaks of her personal development and transformation through transcendental spirituality the lines become abstruse Perception of the world around her becomes vague, clothed in bewildering metaphors and unclear What I saw happening could easily have been expressed in ordinary words For example, while I might explain a nagging suspicion through intuition, she speaks of diffuse ancestral Native American beliefs confusingly described Poetry is pretty, but to convey a message is it the best means The author s connection with the natural world is scarcely touched upon Her passage toward psychological stability is not explained in a manner that I can understand I do not believe others can learn from her experiences You learn little about Native American beliefs or customs This is a personal story The author reads her own book There is a beauty in some of the author s poetic lines, but unfortunately the flow of the words is jagged Pauses are inserted in the wrong places and the wrong words were emphasized The import of the lines became unclear She does have a strong, deep voice that resonates well

  6. V V says:

    Ate this book in a sitting One to be passed down through generations Hauntingly beautiful, poignant, and true Carefully tells its own story while calmly talking of the universe.

  7. Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) says:

    3.5 starsI ve stacked several books by Joy Harjo over the last couple years but it wasn t until she was recently named our U.S Poet Laureate that I finally grabbed this memoir from the library Harjo masterfully weaves her life story with tribal myth, poetry, and stream of conciousness.From the loss of her father to abuse at the hands of her step father, Harjo of the Muscogee Creek Nation found healing as a teen at the Institute of American Indian Arts Later, she was able to break the patter 3.5 starsI ve stacked several books by Joy Harjo over the last couple years but it wasn t until she was recently named our U.S Poet Laureate that I finally grabbed this memoir from the library Harjo masterfully weaves her life story with tribal myth, poetry, and stream of conciousness.From the loss of her father to abuse at the hands of her step father, Harjo of the Muscogee Creek Nation found healing as a teen at the Institute of American Indian Arts Later, she was able to break the pattern of abuse in her life and overcome poverty raising two children and pursuing her passion for music and poetry.At under 200 pages, this is a brief but powerful glimpse into Harjo s life I keep coming back to the vulnerability she shares with readers and how she ultimately found the strength to listen to her inner voice and take control of her own life.Crazy Brave is a beautiful memoir written in an original voice I would ve loveddetail but deeply appreciate what Harjo has chosen to share and the style in which she shares it.I recommend this to readers interested in memoir, poetry, and Native American heritage tradition.Forreviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  8. McGuffy Morris McGuffy Morris says:

    I have been a follower of Joy Harjo for many years I have her books and CDs.Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insight and clarity.In this memoir, Joy Harjo recalls important aspects of her life Joy s journey in life has been a difficult one Being of Native American heritage though mixed , her experiences are clearly rooted in tradition and spirit Yet, she has always felt this knowing It has been her guid I have been a follower of Joy Harjo for many years I have her books and CDs.Her wisdom is deep, abundant and true It is born of experience, pain and survival, though she imparts her truths with insight and clarity.In this memoir, Joy Harjo recalls important aspects of her life Joy s journey in life has been a difficult one Being of Native American heritage though mixed , her experiences are clearly rooted in tradition and spirit Yet, she has always felt this knowing It has been her guide and her saving grace throughout her life Her ability to trust her inner vision, her knowing , and this unspoken voice is indeedthan brave Her example in following this is powerful.I greatly respect the strong ties to nature and the earth found in Native American spirituality I incorporate many of these beliefs and thoughts, personally My own heritage is mixed and rough Unfortunately, I do not know much about this part of my ancestral history.In addition to this brave, lyrical memoir and her poetry, Joy Harjo is a gifted musician I highly recommend all of her creative and important offerings She is both inspiring and wise

  9. Neile Neile says:

    I love Joy Harjo s poetry, but at first when I started this it felt way too all over the place and stream of consciousness for me but I m glad I kept with it, as like some poems it gradually came intoandfocus as Harjo talked about her life after early childhood The earlier images stories began to her shape the later images and stories It ended up feeling like an impressionistic, but vital, depiction of childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood Not an easy read or life, but Ha I love Joy Harjo s poetry, but at first when I started this it felt way too all over the place and stream of consciousness for me but I m glad I kept with it, as like some poems it gradually came intoandfocus as Harjo talked about her life after early childhood The earlier images stories began to her shape the later images and stories It ended up feeling like an impressionistic, but vital, depiction of childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood Not an easy read or life, but Harjo shines through it like a meteor Highly recommended

  10. Laila (BigReadingLife) Laila (BigReadingLife) says:

    An unflinching but ultimately hopeful look at a hard upbringing and the legacy of Native American genocide and oppression that shaped generations after, specifically in her family Harjo is the U.S Poet Laureate and she shares her family story, her dreams, her failures, and her creativity in an appealing mix of spiritual cultural exploration and memoir.

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