An American Sunrise

Poems
By: Joy Harjo
Narrated by: Joy Harjo
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 family’s 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 mother’s death, to her beginnings in the native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Harjo’s 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 finest - and most complicated - poets” (Los Angeles Review of Books), Joy Harjo continues her legacy with this latest powerful collection.

©2019 Joy Harjo (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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I expected to struggle...

A poetry format left me concerned I would not connect, but my curiosity around the poet laureate was stronger. I’m glad I listened. These readings were more like miniature paintings that wove a story of a life lived whether by an individual or a group, whether young or old, past or present, mystery or history. Wonderful to say the least.

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fantastic

this was so very good. beautiful and eloquent. a wonderful poet and artist. thank you

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A Must Listen

Mesmerizing, hypnotic, profound, necessary. Unites ancestries of the heart with today’s real world and makes meaning of living in our histories.

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simply brilliant

I loved it. Joy Harjo brings a realism to the indigenous experience that has to be heard to understand. Enjoy.

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Poetry & Stories from the Trail of Tears

Joy Harjo, America’s Poet Laureate, brings her Artist’s Eye and Ear to the Sad History of her people through song, poem, story and interviews. I am always moved by the connection of Indigenous People to the Earth and Sky they possess so closely. Through Harjo’s words we feel their Souls and the Nature they know so well. Her stories of the Trail of Tears bring the Warriors, Chiefs, Children and Elders to life, not as characters in dry History but as feeling, suffering Human Beings. It is a Tale we need to hear and really listen to. There are migrants today at our Borders who know these stories well. #SAD!

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Joy Harjo's voice took my breath away

Listening to American Sunrise was an amazing experience. The poetry is heartfelt and insightful. The song brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Ms. Harjo.

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Paints a history of indigenous ancestors

Joy Harjo brings the past to light as she paints a history of her indigenous ancestors with An American Sunrise. - Tim Heerdink, author of The Human Remains and Red Flag and Other Poems