• Poet Warrior

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joy Harjo
  • Narrated by: Joy Harjo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Three-term poet laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life.

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as US poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to Crazy Brave, Poet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice.

Harjo listens to stories of ancestors and family, the poetry and music that she first encountered as a child, and the messengers of a changing earth - owls heralding grief, resilient desert plants, and a smooth green snake curled up in surprise. She celebrates the influences that shaped her poetry, among them Audre Lorde, N. Scott Momaday, Walt Whitman, Muscogee stomp dance call-and-response, Navajo horse songs, rain, and sunrise. In absorbing, incantatory prose, Harjo grieves at the loss of her mother, reckons with the theft of her ancestral homeland, and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.

Moving fluidly between prose, song, and poetry, Harjo recounts a luminous journey of becoming, a spiritual map that will help us all find home. Poet Warrior sings with the jazz, blues, tenderness, and bravery that we know as distinctly Joy Harjo.

©2021 Joy Harjo (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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A wonderful spiritual journey!

This is a book I will listen to again. Her descriptions of life's journey are written so elegantly as to move your soul a bit. The last chapter will bring you so close to a loved one that as moved on it may make you tear up with joy. This is now one of my favorite books!

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Phenomenal book!!

Powerful . Beautiful. Amazing. Passionate. Invigorating. Enlightening. Engaging. and much more. I can't find enough adjectives to describe this book.

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Outstanding work

Moving, succinct, outstanding work. A credit to her people and the world. I love this book, and the authors voice is inviting to the ear.

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True Poet Warrior.

True Poet Spirit. True Poet Teacher. As Inspiring as Crazy Brave. Thank you Joy Harjo!

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A'ho day baht haw Joy Harjo, take my thank you!

I love Joy Harjo! As a native woman living in a colonized world these kinds of books are vital for us in the process of decolonization

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Majestic

A story rich with down to Earth cultural experiences of Joy Harjo. Her voice is filled with dreamy spiritual power ~ a wonderful oral history of her ancestors, her own life, and her descendants from her poetic perspective.

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You know one of these fascinating books, that takes you so many wonderful places, and inspire you and you can listen to it just a tiny bit at a time because than you just are lead to write and when you hear the voice of the Audible guy, telling you it’s over you go, Oh no, it’s over already?! Can I have more?

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A medicinal story

This memoir is a poem. A song. A philosophy. A relationship. It's a how to manual to learn from the life you inherited and the life you're called to live. Joy is a unique experience and rallies for her lineage, culture, in the timeliness before her and how she can continue them with her own stamp. Listening to her speaking is a soothing hymn of medicine.