When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (Paperback)

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By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
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The first Norton anthology of solely Indigenous poetry, this is a vital and stirring addition to American letters. Arranged into five geographical regions, it features the work of 161 poets, representing 90 Native nations and spanning four centuries. While expansive in subject matter, cultures, traditions, techniques, voices, styles, and forms, editor Joy Harjo admits this teeming compendium “is only a slivered opening into a vast literary field.”

— Ben

Description


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.



About the Author


Joy Harjo is the author of eight poetry collections, including the national bestseller An American Sunrise, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

LeAnne Howe is the author, most recently, of Savage Conversations. She teaches at the University of Georgia – Athens.

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Bright Raft in the Afterweather. She lives in California.

Praise For…


This anthology is revelatory and stunning.… It shows the remarkable strength and diversity of Native poetry, which vitalizes all of American poetry. It is essential reading.
— Arthur Sze, National Book Award–winning author of Sight Lines


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393356809
ISBN-10: 0393356809
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 496
Language: English