Crazy Brave

A Memoir

By Joy Harjo
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393073461, 169pp.)

Publication Date: July 2012

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Description
In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.



About the Author
Joy Harjo is an internationally known performer and writer of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, the author of ten books of poetry and, most recently, a memoir, Crazy Brave. A critically acclaimed poet, her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


NPR
Monday, Jul 9, 2012

In Crazy Brave, Joy Harjo recounts how her early years â?? an abusive stepfather, the hardships of teen motherhood â?? suppressed her artistic gifts and nearly broke her. "It was the spirit of poetry," she writes, "who reached out and found me as I stood there at the doorway between panic and love." More at NPR.org

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