Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings


A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

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 are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a “magician and a master” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. —Native Peoples Magazine

Praise for Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

“[Joy Harjo's] poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.”

—Sandra Cisneros, The Millions

“When Harjo confronts tragedy, she becomes our conscious.”

—Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

“This is not merely a book of poetry. These are instructions for the soul, a song to lead the reader home…[Harjo is] the first lady of American Indian poetry.”

World Literature Today

“Joy Harjo’s Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history. The poet’s finely tuned voice goes where ‘Midnight is a horn player,’ driven by tribute, prayer, and blues, excavating names, places, and dreams. And at the end of this epic voyage the reader surfaces at sunrise.”

—Yusef Komunyakaa

“Harjo masterfully helps us travel through landscape and it’s hard not to feel such loss but also a glimmer of hope as these poems brace against what it means to listen to the land and to each other.”

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Literary Hub

Media: Interviews, Reviews, Articles

January 18, 2016, World Literature Today
World Literature Today Review of Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

This is not mere­ly a book of poet­ry. These are instruc­tions for the soul, a song to lead the read­er home. With Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion for Holy Beings, the first lady of Amer­i­can Indi­an poet­ry arrives. In this vol­ume, Joy Harjo…

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