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Along with N. Scott Momaday, John Trudell, and very few others, Joy Harjo is an essential Native American literary voice. She counts among her devoted readers Marge Piercy, Adrienne Rich, and Sandra Cisneros; her writing is infused with a generosity of spirit that accounts for much of her appeal. Dancing children, the attempt to heal a broken life, rising moons, and blue horses turning into streaks of lightning are the images Harjo uses to spin her yarns, and her words are spellbinding. Her talent is manifest in "A Postcolonial Tale": "Every day is a reenactment of the creation story. We emerge from dense unspeakable material, through the shimmering power of dreaming stuff." And in "Wolf Warrior": "A white butterfly speckled with pollen joined me in my prayers yesterday as I thought of you in Washington." There is a lot of magic and a lot of hope woven through the dark backdrop of the poems in The Woman Who Fell from the Sky. Harjo is a treasure.

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"The leap between the sacred and profane is as thin as fishing line." In her seventh book, Harjo (Secrets from the Center of the World), a member of the Creek tribe, makes this leap time after time. Working with a diction and a syntax that seem deliberately plain and declarative, she invokes ancient Native American myth, often from the midst of ordinary contemporary places such as Brooklyn, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago's O'Hare airport ("Chicago rose up as a mechanical giant with soft insides buzzing"). Her myths endow everyday experience with a transformative meaning that rescues Harjo's characters from their sometimes isolating individuality. Yet the myths also heed the details of individual experience as "the single complicated human becomes a wave of humanness." The warmth of her universalizing gift is inclusive, collecting the lives of taxi drivers, an infant granddaughter, and "an Apache man who is passing by my table in a restaurant." Readers may likewise feel swept up in the gentle wave of Harjo's poetry and prose poetry, where "every day is a reenactment of the creation story."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised ed. edition (August 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393313628
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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In this book, Harjo herself identifies poet with truth-teller; truth-teller is an accurate description of her work, especially in this volume. This volume contains several of the more political pieces on her album (with Poetic Justice) - the boarding schools, the unkept promises, the discrimination. Several of the piece blur the line between poetry and prose but read aloud a clearly poetry.
To read this poetry is to receive a gift, a grace of seeing another way to view the world - one in which the tree, the butterfly, the water speak and are connected to oneself. She clearly speaks from experience, from truth - not as some who tell such stories of connected for personal gain but as one to whom this telling describes her world. But in connectedness she shows the tears - the alcohol, 'Nam, enforced 'white culture' - the rips in the Native cultures that must be healed for the people to survive.
Excellent poetry - deep in meaning, superb in handling of language and image.
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I must admit that I usually have a hard time reading poetry (a serious problem for a literature major!), but Joy Harjo's THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY is simply the most moving and eloquent group of poems I have ever read. From beginning to end, I was awed by Harjo's skillful use of language to convey not only impressions and emotions, but levels and varieties of meanings. I was especially moved by the title poem, which recounts a timeless love story -- these characters could be out of myth or they could be your neighbors, but either way the story is lyrical and passionate, the events flowing like eddies in a stream toward a natural conclusion. Most of the poems in the volume have this same motion -- of fated adventures that make one serenely happy that things turn out as they should. For lovers of poetry, stars, water and people, this is one volume of poetry that cannot be passed over
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I found this book in a thrift store, of all places, several years ago. This has become one of my all-time favorite books of women's poetry. The truths that Joy Harjo puts forth through her use of language is so telling and pierces one like arrows. So good and highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an old book-- written in 1994....I
just discovered in 2011....I love it and
Iam not usually a POETRY fan..but this
book changed my mind.

Book is very short--only 68 pages // 22 items.

Iam glad I was able to purchase it used.

MS. J O Y HARJO is an OKLAHOMA/CREEK
who now lives in ALBQ. NM.

She has many many talents -- writer, singer,
musician and poet...she can do anything. She
is a lovely lady.

SHE SAYS..." I believe that the word poet is
synonymous with the word truth teller."

Please buy.

Bette b prater
okc ok 62 retired
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Well written & thought provoking !
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