Joy Harjo

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Joy Harjo is an American poet and musician, who is influenced by her Native American heritage, feminist and social concerns, and her background in the arts.

She once commented,

 “I feel strongly that I have a responsibility to all the sources that I am: to all past and future ancestors, to my home country, to all places that I touch down on and that are myself, to all voices, all women, all of my tribe, all people, all earth, and beyond that to all beginnings and endings. In a strange kind of sense [writing] frees me to believe in myself, to be able to speak, to have voice, because I have to; it is my survival.”

Some of her poems have been set to music, and she herself performs with her band Poetic Justice. Check out one of her poems on Poets.org!

 

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