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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Befame to Book Page. How We Became Human: Over a quarter-century’s work from the winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement. This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo’s twenty-eight-year career, beginning in in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music.
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Lists with This Book. Feb 10, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a great deal of beauty in this collection. Many of the poems are strong in form and have a song-like rhythm. The endnotes are entertaining, telling stories ranging from poets getting wasted and waking up in the wrong places to tragic injustice and early death.
They also deliver a great deal of information on various Native American cultures and languages, which I found interesting. However, I feel that the endnotes are relied on too heavily to interpret the poems. The poems will drop a f There is a great deal of beauty in this collection.
The poems will drop a first name, and then the notes will explain who the person is, and without the notes, it is impossible to feel much of the effect of the poem, or even to find its theme. This extremely personal content annoyed me, because I think that a poem should function on its own.
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. It’s a shame that Harjo doesn’t quite live up to her influencer’s skill. Overall, though, this is a strong collection, and I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in contemporary poetry as a whole and Native American poetry specifically.
Jun 04, E. This collection of Harjo’s poems opens with an introductory essay that explains her emergence as a poet in the post-Wounded Knee revival of Native culture. It also explains her approach to poetry. I particularly liked this line, “To make art is to replicate the purpose of original creation. The earlier poems are more raw, as if she is finding her voice. They speak often to the experience of Native Americans or of women. They This collection of Harjo’s poems opens with an introductory essay that explains her emergence as a poet in the post-Wounded Knee revival of Native culture.
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They grapple with issues of colonialism and how to create an identity when the humann society is working against you. The collection was finished in Septemberand the final poem is written about September 11, It is entitled “When bceame world as we knew it ended.
Sep 29, Julianne rated it liked it Shelves: What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them. While reading these poems, I had a sense of hearing a multiplicity of voices at once, a multiplicity which occasionally gave place to one identifiably Native American voice rising above the din of the other voices in Harjo’s head and in mine.
I can’t put my finger on the specific passages that gave me this feeling since I had to return the book to the library yesterday, but they flashed upon me unexpectedly, l What I enjoyed most about the poems in this book was the Native American-ness of them. I can’t put my finger on the beacme passages that gave me this feeling since I had to return the book to the library yesterday, but they flashed upon me unexpectedly, like fireflies, a surprise and a ae each time.
Harjo draws heavily on her own experiences and surroundings. She writes in the Notes which follow the poems in this book, of how she struggled as a beginning poet to cut out specific references to cities, brand names, events, historical figures, etc.
However, this urge to create poetry from the ingredients closest and most familiar to her gives a sense of intimacy and authenticity to her poems. Though I have never been to Oklahoma, I feel I understand it better now.
May hhuman, B. Mason rated it it was amazing. This is a phenomenal set of poems. I found myself drawn back to the middle, Harjo’s work in the 80’s and early 90’s was by far my favorite but there are gems throughout.
Seeing her progression as a poet is also fascinating and the notes add nuance to the historical or personal context of the poems. Dec 07, Patricia McLaughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Such a bleak interior landscape, reminiscent of the Badlands in South Dakota; yet if you are quiet enough, when the wind blows, spirits whisper their sacred secrets as you survey the desolation, much like Harjo’s voice in these poems.
Jul 25, J. Some of these poems stay with you. Lingering in the back of your mind for days as you slowly feel them out. Aug 20, Vickie rated it it was amazing. The prologue is an amazing resource of Harjo’s struggle and her persistence and resolve. Aug 16, Billimarie rated it really liked it. Oct 22, Blake Carrera rated it it was ok. Joy Harjo is one of the most accomplished American poets alive today. Her work has spanned decades and genres, from music to poetry to memoir.
In “How We Became Human,” Harjo presents work from her vast oeuvre, presenting the reader with the chance to better understand uhman evolution of her style and her very self. 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 b Joy Harjo is one of the most accomplished American poets alive today.
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 hukan human, animal, plant, sky, and earth. It is a journey into the self, into politics, into heritage, and into sociology. Her early work delves heavily into the southwest, examining the landscape in which she was writing and hw which she began to come of age as a poet.
Other poems from the same original chapbook show an appreciation of her heritage and are informed by her participation in the Kiva Club, where its members sought to give voice to Indigenous peoples. However, her style continued to evolve. Trying to describe Harjo’s form is incredibly difficult, as it has metamorphosed so many times in the thirty years jo this book covers.
Its diversity is one of the things that gives Harjo so much depth. On a personal level, I found her early pieces to be less interesting – their simplicity is underdeveloped and it lacks the worldview that we see in later work. A younger Harjo would likely not have written verse as expansive as in the poem “In Praise of Earth,” where she writes, “We kept on dancing last summer though the dancing had been called subversive.
What holds me back from a true appreciation of Harjo is the fact that she seems to cling far too much to her own presence in the text. Though Harjo does write about motherhood and the marking of the female body, much of it is still inscribed with her own presence in any of the moments that are depicted. I wondered, reading this book, whether hajro is a joj for Harjo to remove herself in any way from her poems, especially as she has humah older.
Though she won many awards for her memoir “Crazy Brave,” it seems almost as if the self has become too prevalent in her works. My opinions on this could be largely informed by my own taste. I want more from writing than an examination of the self and the place of the self in communities.
It’s like reading too much Gonzo literature – I can only read so much of an author’s presence in a text before they become like a friend who has extended their stay. Overall, “How We Became Human” is a text with incredible benefit – it lends insight bbecame a community of writers that are still largely under-appreciated.
I numan have just appreciated more of the sociopolitical side and less of the presence of Harjo herself. Nov 19, Mia Aguilera rated it really liked it. Annotations The Last Song Lots of nature imagery.
Focus on the wind, silver, mountains. Poems are short, around 4 stanzas long. What Moon Drove Me to This? Harjo tackles relationships more in this section.
HOW WE BECAME HUMAN: New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001
There is a stronger sense of narrative and characterization. First strong image of Harjo as mother in this poem. She Had Some Horses Distinct variation of poetic tools in this section.
Anaphora is used several times. Women are struggling to find balance within place. It doesn’t seem like an accident, her hanging off the ledge.
Secrets from the Center of the World It’s interesting to see a poet’s work evolve over time. In this section we see Harjo using short prose narjo as her preferred style. A Map to the Next World: