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An American Sunrise: Poems
An American Sunrise: Poems | Joy Harjo
A stunning new volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States, informed by her tribal history and connection to the land. In the early 1800s, the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now part of Oklahoma. Two hundred years later, Joy Harjo returns to her familys lands and opens a dialogue with history. In An American Sunrise, Harjo finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where her people, and other indigenous families, essentially disappeared. From her memory of her mothers death, to her beginnings in the native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjos personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings. Her poems sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living in the ruins of injustice. A descendent of storytellers and one of our finestand most complicatedpoets (Los Angeles Review of Books), Joy Harjo continues her legacy with this latest powerful collection.
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DebinHawaii
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Mahalo for the #LittensWantToKnow tag @Sargar114 🤗

8 that should make my 2022 list:
-The tagged poetry I read & then listened to-so moving!
-Same with Taste-Stanley Tucci is a treasure!
-The House in the Cerulean Sea-pure💙
-Unlikely Animals, The Verifiers & The Traveling Cat Chronicles-all quirky & original
-Cultish-fascinating-still thinking about it & Wordslut
-Lost Among the Living by St James slightly edged out her The Book of Cold Cases

HeatherBookNerd Loved Unlikely Animals ❤️ 3mo
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TheSpineView Great choice! 3mo
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abookishbutterfly
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My husband and I chose to listen to this on audio together. It‘s read by the author which, undoubtedly, brings more power to the poetry. However, I do think I would have preferred to have read the text version. I have a difficult time with auditory processing and, as a poetry lover, I don‘t want my processing issues to interfere with my appreciation for the depth.

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DebinHawaii
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Mahalo @MoonWitch94 & @Eggs for the #ThoughtfulThursday tag 🤗

1️⃣ I have been reading more poetry lately & this one read in April was amazing—I read & then listened to the audiobook. Stunning!🌅

2️⃣ 🔎🗂👮🏼🔪⚰️⚖️🔬🧠🧩💡🧶☕️🗝🔦

3️⃣ I 🖤 mysteries (if you couldn‘t tell) because they run the gamut from thriller to police/FBI procedural to cozy. I like the twists & turns & trying to puzzle out the clues & solve them.

4️⃣ Definitely 📕🖼 🎨

Eggs 💙💙 5mo
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It's not April anymore, but I'm still reading poetry. Harjo presents the Trail of Tears with such urgency. She places it in the context of music contemporary to the time, bending time so that everything feels recent. Emily Dickinson, for example, her poetry is so prevalent and I don't think of her as the distant past. She was six years old when Harjo's family was forced to leave their homes.

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lauraisntwilder
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My family and I went to three independent bookstores for #IndependentBookstoreDay. This was what we got at Bodacious Bookstore in Pensacola. I'm super excited to have gotten the freebie Kawakami. My husband got the Yanagihara.

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DebinHawaii
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I read this collection as part of #BigReadHawaii & the #NationalPoetryMonthChallenge through my local library & took part in a Zoom book discussion with a UH Professor Emeritus this week. Beautiful, powerful & moving. The discussion host mentioned we should listen to the book read by the author & available through the library (& part of my Audible membership too) & a did that today—even more moving & immersive. I am no poetry expert & like⬇️

DebinHawaii … poetry that moves me & is accessible & Harjo‘s poetry is.
“You cannot force poetry
With a ruler, or at a desk.”
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• ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD book flight pick for April 2022 #MMDBookClub (5 poetry collections flight picks this month)

Getting a little head start on National Poetry Month (April 2022). 144 pages of Poetry, history, indigenous Americans, Trails of Tears, and more. Eye-opening and thought provoking.

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 9mo
Kristin_Reads This is such a good collection. 9mo
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Julsmarshall Beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🤗 10mo
Suet624 Thank you. 10mo
Eggs @Julsmarshall @Suet624 💗💙💗 10mo
TheSpineView Beautiful! 💜 10mo
Eggs @TheSpineView 💗💗 10mo
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Lazy sundays filled with books and buddyreads are the best ❤️

This book is so gorgeous- so many brilliant lines!

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ju.ca.no
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New in and next up: Buddyread with @Tanisha_A 🥰

Tanisha_A Excited! ❤️ 11mo
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This is a beautiful collection.

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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Impactful poems. Joy Harjo reflects on the historical events that affected her ancestors and the Native Americans; she also shares her experiences from her own life and family. So much loss, grief, injustice.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

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megnews
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Beautiful. Thankful to this introduction to Joy Harjo. I will definitely be reading more.
#BookSpin #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
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megnews
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Let the November reading commence. Here‘s my #Bookspinbingo card. My #Bookspin book is the tagged poetry by Poet Laureate of the US, Native Any Harjo. #DoubleSpin is the MG book, Indian No More.

megnews @TheAromaofBooks I wasn‘t tagged in your posts but want to make sure you know I‘m participating. 😊 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Sorry about that!!! You are on my list, and it looks like it is spelled correctly, so maybe Litsy just decided not to tag you?? 13mo
megnews @TheAromaofBooks yep had to be Litsy. No big deal! Just wanted to make sure you knew I was joining in 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for checking!! Between me spacing out and Litsy spacing out, it's always good to double-check!! 😂 13mo
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TheSpineView Beautiful 💜 13mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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A book of beautiful poems centering Native Americans, specifically the Muskogee Creek Nation.

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GingerAntics
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@TheBookHippie along with my knitting needles and new water bottle (I‘ve had the worst luck with them so far this year), this arrived today!!!
#JoyHarjo #AnAmericanSunrise #poetry #integrateyourshelf #indigenousvoices

TheBookHippie Yay!!!! Mine is “in transit” 😳 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that bites. When are you guys doing your big read? 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics NOVEMBER .. 😂😂 1y
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TheBookHippie @GingerAntics BUT we have all kinds of events I always pre read 😂 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I was about to say, that is SO far away!!! 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics if I have it read I can then get students ready to read it and have a grasp of it. Others read it with I am not comfortable with that 🤪 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 😂🤣😂 I love that you bring your students along for the ride! 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 😂 they- after one year just comply 😂😂😂the older ones “get use to it, it is” the beauty is I‘m old enough to have had students come back and tell me I saved their very life. Even without that … educate educate read read read !! 1y
GingerAntics I was just online and the library sort of near here (a few hours away) that was doing the big read, did it in 2019. I never paid attention to the date on the articles I was reading. 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 🤣😂🤣 I think it‘s so important to expose kids to all kinds of literature. You never know what‘s going to really click with someone. If you don‘t expose them to as much as possible, as close to everything as humanly possible, how can these kids know what they like to read or that they don‘t like reading anything? (edited) 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics When there‘s a new kid “PLEASE don‘t ask her about SHAKESPEARE … please no “ 😂😂😂 (edited) 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 😂🤣😂 Uh-Oh, you‘ve Shakespeared them?! 🤣😂🤣 that is priceless!!! 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I found out the public school teaches a SNIPPET of Romeo & Juliet that‘s it, don‘t give them a book with the play nada… so we do Macbeth ALLL of it. And at lunch I occasionally may read passages from the Act of the week ✊🏼 (edited) 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie what a cop out on R&J, but then I was in preAP English so we did all of Julius Caesar, but regulars did part of it from the English textbook instead of the actual play. 🙄 Totally ridiculous. I literally did more Shakespeare in 8th grade. I‘m telling you I went to a really good school, 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 😂🤣😂 that is AWESOME!!! 💙💙💙 You are the best!!! 1y
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TheBookHippie
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Our big read selection is POETRY THIS YEAR!!!
So excited!!

Also we have a poetry swap going on ONE BOOK SWAP only if you want to join, super simple

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoeHSv2MLjX9wcRVVZ0-rpUl7KD7Fuy165HfbY...

This would be a good #integrateyourshelf book
And those #nonfictionnerds of us who just finished an indigenous read this may be another to read.

Chrissyreadit She is an amazing poet 😍🙌🎉❤️ 1y
GingerAntics Oh I love her. I just got one of her collections. I‘m going to have to look into this one. 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I ordered it immediately 😅🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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GingerAntics @TheBookHippie it‘s in my cart for when I get paid… I‘m debating ordering it now. I shouldn‘t, but I could. 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics my SAME debate 😅💯😂 1y
GingerAntics I just went and looked at the Big Read list. I actually own (but haven‘t read yet) another of the books on the list (and already had plans to read it this year). I also found out that author owns a bookstore here in Minnesota. 💙💙💙 1y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics OH HOW FUN! I love the BIG READ we have the LITTLE READ as well -they‘ve done a very good job here with it. 1y
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I looked to see if we had anything near by… the closest library doing anything is 2.5 hours away. I‘ll still enjoy reading both books, though. 1y
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Before going into school... this 🌅

AmyG Wow. Beautiful. 2y
Soubhiville Oh my! That‘s amazing. 2y
maich Beautiful❤ 2y
JessClark78 ❤️ 2y
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A heart breaking, wonderful collection of poems. I also appreciated the historical context throughout the book as realised my actual knowledge of some of these events was nearly zero.
Such a strong sense of sadness and injustice 💔
Thanks Rachel 😘
#booked2021 #poetry

Cinfhen Beautiful review!! So true and I‘m an American and knew so little 2y
SamAnne One of my favorite collections! 2y
rockpools I‘m glad you liked it. I need to read this in print one day too. 2y
TrishB @SamAnne I can see why 😁 2y
TrishB @rockpools yes I will definitely come back to it. 2y
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😢😢

Smrloomis 😢😢 2y
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TrishB
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#weeklyforecast
This weeks reads may come from these 😁
Reading some poetry this morning.

Cinfhen I recently read your tagged book of poetry /some parts were very moving 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen they definitely were ♥️ 2y
Cupcake12 Has been on my TBR list. It keeps popping upon Litsy, hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to your review. Happy Mother‘s Day xx 2y
TrishB @Cupcake12 thank you ♥️ 2y
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Cinfhen
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I listened to this short but powerful poetry collection last night before going to bed. #Freebie #AudiblePlus 🎧 Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be honored with title US Poet Laureate. Here she invokes the hardships, violence and displacement that has marked hundreds of years of Native American history, sharing her own families plight as they were forced to walk the Trail of Tears. She also blends current US policy to the narrative 👇🏼

TrishB Oh I have these ready to read 👍🏻 looking forward to it. 2y
Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like this @TrishB Im not much of a poetry reader but it was easily accessible 2y
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Megabooks Sounds good! I need to read more poetry 2y
Cinfhen It put me to sleep last night @Megabooks except the author randomly sings Native American chants and it kept startling me ( not in a good way, either 😜😘) 2y
Suet624 I love her work. 2y
Cinfhen I can see why @Suet624 her work is very accessible 2y
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TheSpineView 💜 💜 💜 2y
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Mehso-so

So-so is my reaction, not a criticism of Harjo's work. I realized my poetry-reading skills are out-of-practice. Reading poems demands a different consciousness than prose. Yikes - why did I stray away from poetry for so long??

I've heard that Harjo is brilliant live, and she uses music and song both as a poetic device and as themes. Next time, I'll find her on audio or video. I feel like I'm missing out by reading only text. #dw2021 #21myown

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Lindy
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6: X. Closest thing is Interior Chinatown (Yu)
7: 35 of my books fall under this category! I‘ll pick Hamnet.
8: tagged, plus 4 other audio editions of poetry
9: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come (Taylor) + a few others in ongoing series, so might not count as last.
10: Watershed (Vandersloop) + 16 more in this category
11: At least 8 fall into this category, including Butter Honey Pig Bread (Ekwuyasi) & All I Ask (Crocker)
#readharder

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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 208: Thriving in Marginalia with Lauren

It's the last regular episode of the year, featuring frequent guest Lauren. We talk reading around the world, different ways of interacting with other readers, poetry, and more.

Follow the link to listen and subscribe:
tinyurl.com/readingenvy208

Lindy Jenny, what is the graphic novel traditional story from Mali that you mentioned? I didn‘t see it in your list of books mentioned in your episode notes. 2y
Lindy Also, I second Lauren‘s recommendation to listen to Harjo‘s audio performance of American Sunrise. I listened to it four times when I had it checked out via Overdrive. 2y
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Quite wonderful. I listened to the audiobook, read (and sung) by the author, and would thoroughly recommend it. I will, however, look out for a print copy, as I‘d like to spend more time with some of the poems.

These poems are a very personal look at the legacy of the trail of tears, as Harjo returns to her ancestral homeland and tells her family stories. Beautifully written, and so many things that I just had no clue about. 💔 One to read again.

JennyM Sounds lovely ❤️ 2y
rockpools @JennyM It‘s worth tracking down, if you can find a copy. 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf Available on Hoopla. I‘ve been meaning to listen to this. 2y
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rockpools @ErikasMindfulShelf Oh, that‘s good! 2y
SamAnne Love love love this collection. Made me cry twice. 2y
JazzFeathers It sounds tightly up my alley :) 2y
rockpools @JazzFeathers I hope you like it! 2y
rockpools @SamAnne I think I want my own copy 🌾 2y
Suet624 I love her work. 2y
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For Earth‘s Grandsons

Stand tall, no matter height, how dark your skin
Your spirit is all colors within
You are made of the finest woven light
From the iridescent love that formed your mothers, fathers
Your grandparents all the way back on the spiral road–
There is no end to this love [...]
You will make it through.

Full poem: https://aboutplacejournal.org/article/for-earths-grandsons/

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Current listen. Well, this is beautiful. I should probably read more poetry.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
SamAnne Such a beautiful collection. Love Joe Harjo. Her Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is spectacular as well. 2y
rockpools @SamAnne I‘ll try and find a copy - thanks! 2y
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A reminder on this #IndigenousPeoplesDay

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An absolutely lovely collection of poetry by the current Poet Laureate of the United States in which she interweaves her personal experience with an exploration of the history and relationship of the Mvskoke with the land from which they were forcibly removed some 200 years ago.

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Texreader Like! That second question reminds me of an interview question I had for my first job out of college: is your bed at home made or unmade? That was probably the gist, is your own home in order? It was made, and still is, for the record. 😉 2y
Zoes_Human @Texreader As long as I get to it before the cat gets comfortable, mine is as well. 😂 2y
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Multitasking. Watching Joy Harjo with Jackie Kay at the Edinburgh International Writers Festival while knitting. Travelling while staying home. #Indigenous #poetry

LeahBergen What a perfect setup! ❤️ 2y
Lindy @LeahBergen As you can see, my shadow Giller project has overtaken a large part of my dining room table. 2y
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Gorgeous.

SamAnne Yes. 2y
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I'm taking part in #thesealeychallenge and so far I haven't been doing so well. But I found this audiobook on Hoopla and I'm jumping in! 😁

SamAnne A such a beautiful collection of poems! 2y
biblio_ginger @SamAnne I'm loving it so far! 😊 2y
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“The songs of the guardians of silence are the most powerful—“

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ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ ɪs ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ɢᴏᴏᴅ sᴏ ғᴀʀ. ʜᴀs ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ sᴇᴇ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ɪs ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏғ ᴛᴀʙs😂. sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ᴘᴏᴇᴍs ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴍᴇ ᴛᴇᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ.
#poetry #sadbooks #poems

SamAnne I‘ve added this book to my small bedside stack so I can revisit these poems. Loved her Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings as much or more. (edited) 2y
coffeewithbooks @SamAnne yes definitely 😊 2y
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#FlyHighJuly Day 16: #Remember - a poem by Joy Harjo.

Eggs 💗💗💗💗💗💗 2y
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I‘m feeling this poem ...

madams421 She is incredible 🙌 2y
SamAnne Right? Read this collection last month. That was one of my favorites. 2y
Zoes_Human @SamAnne I'm looking for to savoring this over the next few weeks or so. I like to read poetry collections slowing, taking in one poem a day--reading them aloud, sometimes repeatedly. 2y
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Zoes_Human @madams421 Couldn't agree more! 2y
SamAnne @Zoes_Human I highly recommend her collection Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. 2y
Zoes_Human @SamAnne Thanks! 2y
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I‘m so so grateful for @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @Cinfhen running the #booked2020 giveaway and I still can‘t believe I‘m so lucky this week! I treated myself to this beautiful paper American edition of Joy Harjo‘s poetry coming to me all the way from the states. Thanks so much!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh that‘s so lovely!! And here you said the Kindle versions were all you read ... 🤪💕 Enjoy!! 2y
Emilymdxn @BarbaraTheBibliophage since it was a gift card to the American amazon site I decided I would treat myself as I always think American book covers are more beautiful and I don‘t get much opportunity to get my hands on them! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emilymdxn So funny—most of the time I think the European covers are more beautiful! We are opposite twinsies. 2y
SamAnne One of the books that really moved me this year. 2y
Cinfhen So excited for you!!! Thanks for joining us and can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this book♥️ 2y
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5 Stars. So glad Trump doesn't appoint the U.S. Poet Laureate. Poems for our times. Poems documenting crimes against people & land, the struggle before us, the hope & promise of a better world. Interestingly, one of the poems I loved (By the Way) was dedicated to Adrienne Rich and references James Baldwin, two of the authors I'm planning to read more of this month.

SamAnne Poems that particularly resonated were The Fight, How to Write a Poem in a Time of War, First Morning (Rest in Power Palouse Tribal Chief Jesse Nightwalker--it felt written for you), An American Sunrise, Bless this Land, By the Way. I have a poetry stack next to my bed so I can revisit poems in the morning before facing the news. Harjo is joining Terrence Smith, Traci Smith and Adrienne Rich. 2y
Lindy By the Way is one of my favourites from this collection too. 2y
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I grow tired of the heartache/Of ever small and large wall/Passed from generation/To generation. But it is not in me to give up. I was taught to give honor to the house of warriors/Which cannot exist without the house of the peacemakers.

SamAnne Titled “The Fight.” 3y
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The heart is a fist. It pockets prayer or holds rage. You cannot force poetry With a ruler, or jail it at a desk.

Lalakers23 Great poem!! 3y
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I‘m on a Joy Harjo kick and look forward to starting this. And so psyched to hear she will be our U.S. Poet Laureate for another year! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/books/joy-harjo-poet-laureate-second-term.htm...

Lindy Excellent book choice! ❤️ 3y
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go is up - with very special guest @ReadingEnvy ! 🤩🎧 we read ‘An American Sunrise‘ for National Poetry Month. A beautiful collection - we loved it. Take a listen!

Mitch Beautiful cover 😍 3y
ReadingEnvy Thanks for having me! 💃 3y
SamAnne This is waiting for me at my local bookstore for curbside pickup! 3y
Abailliekaras @SamAnne I hope you enjoy it! @mitch it is - I bought it partly because of the beautiful cover. 😉 3y
Abailliekaras @ReadingEnvy thank you for joining me! 3y
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I loved this extraordinary book of poetry, broken up with short extracts from history and Joy Harjo‘s reflections. I enjoyed the variety & innovation in structure & the way some of the poems were moving and poignant without being heavy. An important re-telling of history done with a light touch, with poems that are both rich and playful. A short book that will reward re-reading. Coming up on Books On The Go 🎧 with @ReadingEnvy . 😊

ReadingEnvy I was happy I moved it to the top of my pile! 3y
Abailliekaras @ReadingEnvy I‘m glad! Thanks for chatting about it with me on the podcast. ☺️ I‘ll definitely have to re-read. 3y
ReadingEnvy @Abailliekaras can‘t wait to hear it! 3y
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Just finished this and preparing to discuss with the fabulous @ReadingEnvy tomorrow for Books On The Go. So much to talk (& think) about. 📖🎧 #nationalpoetrymonth #coverlove

Lindy This is so good! I listened to the audiobook five times! 3y
Abailliekaras @lindy it‘s incredible. I‘ll need to re-read it. 3y
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