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KINDLE ⚠ A Map to the Next World: Poems and Tales õ In her fifth book, Joy Harjo, one of our foremost Native American voices, melds memories, dream visions, myths, and stories from America s brutal history into a poetic whole This is one of those books full of almost great lines, which distract me as I rewrite them in my head That doesn t necessarily make a bad book or a lazy writer, but it sure doesn t increase my enjoyment Among the almost greats is some truly beautiful poetry, spirits who allowed themselves to be kept in a song or story as food through the longest seasons of brutality Much of it doesn t need the explanation of the tales that follow, which are a little self indulgent Perhaps I ll try anoth This is one of those books full of almost great lines, which distract me as I rewrite them in my head That doesn t necessarily make a bad book or a lazy writer, but it sure doesn t increase my enjoyment Among the almost greats is some truly beautiful poetry, spirits who allowed themselves to be kept in a song or story as food through the longest seasons of brutality Much of it doesn t need the explanation of the tales that follow, which are a little self indulgent Perhaps I ll try another of her books I try to give people the benefit of the doubt At birth we know everything, can see into the shimmer of complexity When a newborn looks at you it is with utter comprehension We know where we are, and we know where we ve been And then we forget it all That s why infants sleep so much after birth It is an adjustment The details of a new awareness have to be fine tuned But memory is elastic and nothing is ever forgotten It s submerged below the bloodstream, in the river of memory informing us of direction, like a gyroscope in the heartAt birth we know everything, can see into the shimmer of complexity When a newborn looks at you it is with utter comprehension We know where we are, and we know where we ve been And then we forget it all That s why infants sleep so much after birth It is an adjustment The details of a new awareness have to be fine tuned But memory is elastic and nothing is ever forgotten It s submerged below the bloodstream, in the river of memory informing us of direction, like a gyroscope in the heart of a ship We are all headed to the same destination, eventually Excerpt of when we were born we remembered everything from the collection A MAP TO THE NEXT WORLD Poems and Tales by Joy Harjo 2000 My first poetry collection by the recently named Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo This collection combines poetry, and short prose called tales in the title Some are personal narratives about her music career, her family, otherslike fables with animal characters, and still othersphilosophical musings, like the quote I shared above.Thanks to my friend Matt for recommending Harjo to me several times Her Crazy Brave memoir still sits unread on my shelf soon but now her poetry echoes in my mind, preparing for much It s not just humans who sing for rain, make poetry as commentary on the meaning of life.We aren t the only creatures, or the most likely to succeed between 4 4.5 stars a vulnerable and haunting collectionThere was a massacre in El Salvador The soldiers had gathered all the men and boys in the church at the center of town and killed them Then the women and the girls were taken to the fields and raped and killed One particularly beautiful one was assaulted by many soldiers before they left her to die She began her song as she was pushed down into the dirt and did not stop singing, no matter what they did to her She sang of the dusk between 4 4.5 stars a vulnerable and haunting collectionThere was a massacre in El Salvador The soldiers had gathered all the men and boys in the church at the center of town and killed them Then the women and the girls were taken to the fields and raped and killed One particularly beautiful one was assaulted by many soldiers before they left her to die She began her song as she was pushed down into the dirt and did not stop singing, no matter what they did to her She sang of the dusky mountains who watched them that day from the clouds She sang of the love of a boy and a girl She sang of flowers and the aroma of the moon as it linked the night with dawn She did not stop singing She is still singing Can you hear her This is a book I read for my poetry analysis class I really liked it honestly I don t think it is a book that I will think about a lot, but reading it and analyzing it in class was a very positive experience Joy Harjo works at my college, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, and I actually got the chance to attend a lecture that she spoke at whilst reading the book I really like getting to see her outside of the covers of a book This is a combination of poems and prose short stories telli This is a book I read for my poetry analysis class I really liked it honestly I don t think it is a book that I will think about a lot, but reading it and analyzing it in class was a very positive experience Joy Harjo works at my college, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, and I actually got the chance to attend a lecture that she spoke at whilst reading the book I really like getting to see her outside of the covers of a book This is a combination of poems and prose short stories telling about her Native American heritage, her connection with the world, and the people in her life who shaped her