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Publisher Description

Selected as one of Oprah Winfrey's "Books That Help Me Through"


United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo gathers the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, into the first historically comprehensive Native poetry anthology.

This landmark anthology celebrates the indigenous peoples of North America, the first poets of this country, whose literary traditions stretch back centuries. Opening with a blessing from Pulitzer Prize–winner N. Scott Momaday, the book contains powerful introductions from contributing editors who represent the five geographically organized sections. Each section begins with a poem from traditional oral literatures and closes with emerging poets, ranging from Eleazar, a seventeenth-century Native student at Harvard, to Jake Skeets, a young Diné poet born in 1991, and including renowned writers such as Luci Tapahanso, Natalie Diaz, Layli Long Soldier, and Ray Young Bear. When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through offers the extraordinary sweep of Native literature, without which no study of American poetry is complete.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
August 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
496
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Josey86 ,

Great Collection, looking up collections mentioned in the book

This is a great collection of indigenous tribes from all across the modern United States. These poems deal with everything from creation stories to everyday life and Indian boarding schools. The inclusion of people’s from modern day Alaska and Hawaii was really cool. I also liked that they included LGBTQIA voices from within their communities. There was even one poem dedicated to “Native American two-spirit-identified” (non binary) people.

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