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Conflict resolution for holy beings : poems

Author: Joy Harjo
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Harjo
ISBN: 9780393248500 039324850X 9780393353631 039335363X
OCLC Number: 902661367
Awards: Short-listed for Griffin Poetry Prize (International) 2016
Description: xvi, 139 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments. --
Part one. How it came to be: "I lay my body down ..." --
For calling the spirit back from wandering the earth in its human feet --
"For any spark to make a song ..." --
Rabbit is up to tricks --
"Listened to an alto sax player ..." --
No --
"Humans were created by mistake ..." --
Once the world was perfect --
"When I woke up from a forty-year sleep ..." --
Cricket song --
"After years you realize ..." --
Entering the principality of O'ahu by sky roads --
"Each human is a complex, contradictory story ..." --
We were there when jazz was invented --
"This is only one of many worlds ..." --
Reality show --
"When I blow my horn ..." --
Beautiful baby, beautiful child. --
Part two. The wanderer: Talking with the sun --
"'One way to look at it, ' he told me ..." --
Spirit walking in the tundra --
"Where we lived, the settlers built their houses ..." --
Mother field --
"Let's not shame our eyes ..." --
Walk --
"Midnight is a horn player ..." --
Charlie and the baby --
"When I walk over to join you in the two-step ..." --
Had-It-Up-to-Here Round Dance --
" 'Through these doors walk some of the finest ... ' " --
One Day There Will Be Horses --
"When I returned to my ancestral grounds ..." --
Goin' home --
"Our Mvskoke new year is inherently ..." --
The first day without a mother. --
Part three. Visions and monsters: Falling, falling --
"Imagine if we natives went to the cemeteries ..." --
In mystic --
"This is the kitchen table university ..." --
Listening to blues in a fish joint, downtown Denver --
"I would do anything for you, baby ..." --
Indian school night song blues --
"Do not feed the monsters ..." --
Suicide watch --
"We all have helpers ..." --
This morning I pray for my enemies --
"Ah, but what about being ..." --
Conflict resolution for holy beings --
"The first horn I played ..." --
Forever --
"And then I argued with myself ..." --
I am not ready to die yet --
"Whenever a saxophone begins ..." --
Report from the edge of a terrible regime --
"In one house lives the sun ..." --
From DFW Airport at dawn --
"What kept me going was that perfect song ..." --
The last world of fire and trash. --
Part four. The world: You can change the story, my spirit said to me as I sat near the sea --
"Those who could see into the future predicted the storm ..." --
Sunrise healing song --
"I knew there was no way ..." --
It's raining in Honolulu --
"The day went on as it always had ..." --
Praise the rain --
"Time is a being, like you, like me ..." --
Rushing the Pali --
"I thought of all the doors ..." --
Surfing canoes --
"I returned to the city of country swing ..." --
Speaking tree --
"I heard a raven cry the blues ..." --
Everybody has heartache --
"Everyone comes into the world ..." --
For a girl becoming --
"I keep thinking of my boyfriend ..." --
Fall song --
"My friend Sarita went visiting ..." --
For keeps --
"I confided in him the longing ..." --
Equinox --
"What are you doing there, soul ..." --
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Joy Harjo.


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