An American Sunrise: Poems
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About the Author
Joy Harjo is a writer and musician of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States Poet Laureate in 2019. The author of nine books of poetry and a memoir, Crazy Brave, her many honors include the Jackson Poetry Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. Harjo is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a founding member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Full of celebration, crisis, brokenness, and healing.--Daisy Fried
While the subject matter of her new poems continuously hits you in the gut, Harjo brings a sense of resilience to that dark history.--Christian Allaire
Resplendent and reverberating... Harjo's bracing political perspective is matched by timeless wisdom... In clarion, incantatory poems that recalibrate the heart and mind, Harjo conveys both the endless ripples of loss and the brightening beauty and hope of the sunrise.
An American Sunrise is a wisdom quest as Joy Harjo returns to the place of her ancestors. This haunting and breathtaking book invokes the relocation of the southeastern peoples, of what they endured and lost. Harjo is a visionary and a truth sayer, and her expansive imagination sweeps time, interpolating history into the present. She writes: 'Rivers are the old roads, as are songs, to traverse memory.' Creating a confluence of words, a new language for storytelling arises. An American Sunrise is a powerful tour de force.--Elise Paschen, author of The Nightlife