How We Became Human
New and Selected Poems 1975-2002
Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.
This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.
Praise For How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002…
— Publishers Weekly
I turn and return to Harjo's poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her world-remaking language.
— Adrienne Rich
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393325348, 272pp.
Publication Date: January 17, 2004