How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002 (Paperback)
You don't have to be a "poetry person" to understand and appreciate this collection—and you don't have to know anything about Joy Harjo. This collection takes place in the betweens. Between present and history, between the physical and the symbolic, between meaning, between heartbreak and hope.
Harjo is one of the most important literary voices of our time. Here, she is powerful and direct like water slipping between cracks in the earth. At once filling you up and wearing you away.
-Brittni— From Brittni
Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.
— Publishers Weekly
I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.
— Adrienne Rich