Well versed in storytelling and in song, newly seated U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's collection, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, re-envisions creation myths and homespun narratives. Using chant-like lyric and a psaltery-style incantation, Harjo revels in a poetry that becomes both praise and celebration, for the indigenous peoples she calls her own kin, and for those people's spirited landscape she as if sings light down upon.
— Ray Marsocci
Joy Harjo, one of this country's foremost Native American voices, combines elements of storytelling, prayer, and song, informed by her interest in jazz and by her North American tribal background, in this, her fourth volume of poetry.
She draws from the Native American tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of American culture, and the concept of feminine individuality.
About the Author
Joy Harjo is the author of eight poetry collections, including the national bestseller An American Sunrise, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking, complex witness and for her world-remaking language: precise, unsentimental, miraculous. — Adrienne Rich
I fell in love with these poems, with their clarity and light, their wisdom born somewhere between sky and earth. — Sandra Cisneros