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Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years

By Joy Harjo & Sandra Cisneros
Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years by Joy Harjo & Sandra Cisneros digital book - Fable

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A magnificent selection of fifty poems to celebrate three-term US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s fifty years as a poet.

Over a long, influential career in poetry, Joy Harjo has been praised for her “warm, oracular voice” (John Freeman, Boston Globe) that speaks “from a deep and timeless source of compassion for all” (Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR). Her poems are musical, intimate, political, and wise, intertwining ancestral memory and tribal histories with resilience and love.

In this gemlike volume, Harjo selects her best poems from across fifty years, beginning with her early discoveries of her own voice and ending with moving reflections on our contemporary moment. Generous notes on each poem offer insight into Harjo’s inimitable poetics as she takes inspiration from Navajo horse songs and jazz, reckons with home and loss, and listens to the natural messengers of the earth. As evidenced in this transcendent collection, Joy Harjo’s “poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times” (Sandra Cisneros, Millions).

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“My first read with Joy Harjo, and I understand why she’s so well-known and celebrated. Every poem in this collection has beauty, whether it was the poem as a whole or a specific turn of phrase. She is a master of her craft.”

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