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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As she states in the introduction, “There is no separation between poetry, the stories and events that link them, or the music that holds all together, just as there is no separation between human, animal, plant, sky, and earth. Dec 01, Kyle rated it liked it.
Feb 10, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: The poems, which mainly focus on Native American life, particularly in the Southwest, is culturally specific yet accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems by Joy Harjo
Considering the title, the “We” could be interpreted as a specific group of people, in the way hukan every culture has their own creation story, but I think that the “We” in this case is open to humankind as a becake, which offers anyone a way in to her poetry.
This collection of her work spans over thirty years; the reader can see Harjo’s transformation as both a writer and a person, as her writing is highly “Connectedness” is the word that I se best describes Joy Harjo’s form, themes, and content in all of her work, but especially in How We Became Human.
I enjoyed this anthology, but it loses the significance as a piece of works in its mere existence as a collection.
In other words, there are bits and pieces throughout the collection that I simply can’t relate to, but there are always those bits and pieces that I think anyone could relate to. Trying to describe Harjo’s form is incredibly difficult, as it has metamorphosed so many times in the thirty years that this book covers.
She writes poignantly on themes of birth, death, renewal. Books by Joy Harjo. Nov 19, Ebcame Aguilera rated it wee liked it.
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It’s a shame that Harjo doesn’t quite live up to her influencer’s skill. Apr 15, Sarah Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: A Map to the Next World: In this section we see Harjo using short prose poems as her preferred style. Jul 16, Abby rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 19, Addyson Santese rated hman really liked it. Nov 22, maria rated it really liked it. That’s what poetry’s supposed to do.
Great look on what it would hafjo like to experience double marginalization as an indigenous woman. It also explains her approach to poetry. No trivia or quizzes yet.
How We Became Human
Its diversity is one of the things that gives Harjo so much depth. She Had Some Horses Distinct variation of poetic tools in this section. Joy Harjo is one of the most accomplished American poets alive today. Aug 30, Christina Olivares rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long. I wondered, reading this book, whether there is a way for Harjo to remove herself in any way from her poems, especially as she has gotten older. Mason rated it it was amazing. There is a stronger sense of narrative and characterization.
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002
It is entitled “When the world as we knew it ended. It is longer, has sections, and is for her father. Jun 25, Sandy D. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
This collection captures a huge swath of her career and serves as wonderful introduction to her writing. How We Became Human: Sep 29, Julianne rated it liked it Shelves: There is a great deal of beauty in this collection.
My opinions on this could be largely informed by my own taste. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. They This collection of Harjo’s poems opens with an introductory essay that explains her emergence as a poet in the hukan Knee revival of Native culture.
However, I feel that the endnotes are relied on too heavily to interpret the poems. Aug 16, Billimarie rated it really liked it.