Living nations, living words : an anthology of first peoples poetry

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Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry.

This companion anthology features each poem and poet from the project-including Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, and Layli Long Soldier, among others-to offer readers a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. The chosen poems reflect on the theme of place and displacement and circle the touchpoints of visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgment. Each poemshowcases, as Joy Harjo writes in her stirring introduction, "that heritage is a living thing, and there can be no heritage without land and the relationships that outline our kinship." In this country, poetry is rooted in the more than five hundred living indigenous nations.Living Nations, Living Wordsis a representative offering.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This richly individualized anthology takes its title from an interactive online map of current Native poets, a project undertaken by Harjo during her tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the map enables visitors to explore historical contexts in multimedia offerings, including recordings of recitations and commentary by the contributors, who each chose a poem "based on the theme of place and displacement, and with four touchpoints in mind: visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgment." Poets also decided where to place themselves on the map, and this literary agency as well as the large portraits and brief bios that introduce each writer humanize the collection. Several established Native writers are included, such as Sherwin Bitsui, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Craig Santos Perez, but the anthology dedicates ample space to emerging authors. And while another recent anthology edited by Harjo and others, When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through (2020), also organizes poems by geography, this title approaches place metaphorically, collecting poets and poems around shared themes. "East" includes pieces on daybreak and beginning,"Center" functions as "the belly and the heart of presence," and "West" signals departure and looks to the future.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Poet Laureate Harjo's historically important project for American poetry belongs in every collection."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American poetry -- Indian authors.
American poetry -- 21st century.
Indians of North America -- Poetry.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Harjo, Joy, editor.
Library of Congress, issuing body.
Language English
Notes "Library of Congress."
Includes index.
Description xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780393867916
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