How We Became Human

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Any acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice.

This collection gathers poems from throughout Joy Harjo's twenty-eight-year career, beginning in 1973 in the age marked by the takeover at Wounded Knee and the rejuvenation of indigenous cultures in the world through poetry and music. How We Became Human explores its title question in poems of sustaining grace.

Over a quarter-century's work from the 2003 winner of the Arrell Gibson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

W.W. Norton

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