In Mad Love and War

Joy Harjo is a powerful voice for her Creek (Muscogee) tribe ("a stolen people in a stolen land"), for other oppressed people, and for herself.

In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo

Her poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. They are rooted in the land; they are one with the deer and the fox, the hawk and the eagle, the sun, moon, and wind, and the seasons - "spring/ was lean and hungry with the hope of children and corn." There are enemies here, also lovers; there are ghost dancers, ancestors old and new, who rise again "to walk in shoes of fire."

Wesleyan University Press

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear,
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages that aren’t
always sound but other Circles of motion.

August 01, 2019, World Literature Today
In Mad Love and War nominated in The WLT Readers’ Poll

Ear­li­er this sum­mer, the edi­tors of WLT invit­ed more than two dozen writ­ers to nom­i­nate one book, pub­lished since 1969, that most influ­enced their extralit­er­ary com­mit­ments, along with a brief state­ment explain­ing their choice.

As the book’s title asserts, In Mad…

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