Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems - Joy Harjo

In her tenth collection of poems, Joy Harjo, the indefatigable activist, musician, playwright, and first Native American to win the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award for “outstanding mastery in the art of poetry,” tells stories, chants legends, calls history to account, and guides the spirit back to its origins. Most of all, she sings. Harjo’s way, truth, and light, song animates and heals the world; “If you sing it will give your spirit lift to fly,” she reminds us. Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W.W. Norton, $26.95) is addressed to everyone. A book of profound spirituality that honors life in every form, it reminds us that “a spark of kindness made a light. / The light made an opening in the darkness,” and that we all partake of both. Grounded primarily in her ancestral Mvskoke heritage, Harjo also draws strength and inspiration from the iconic American musical traditions, jazz and the blues; between tales of trickster gods, Harjo checks in with “the lone horn player blowing ballads at the corners of our lives.” An accomplished saxophonist herself (with five albums of original music) Harjo joins him, and her “breath attempted to make the horn into a living being.” Ultimately, the lessons of Conflict Resolution are simple: love and respect the world. Understand that you have “helpers in seen and unseen realms./ Give them something to do.”  

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ISBN: 9780393248500
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780393353631
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2017