Pleasure Harjo – 5 favourite poems by the American poet Laureate

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May 9 marks the birthday of the poet Joy Harjo, the poet laureate of the United States …

Earlier this week, Harjo was appointed Poet Laureate for a second term. We honor the occasion with five of our favorite poems by Joy Harjo…

Joy Harjo (born May 9, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mvskoke) is a poet, musician, playwright and author. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). She is also the first Native American poet laureate. She is an important figure in the second wave of the literary renaissance of Native Americans of the late 20th century. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico in 1976 and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in their Creative Writing Program. (via Wikipedia)

Praise the rain
Joy Harjo


Praise the rain; the seagull diving
The curl of the plant, the raven talk –
Praise the pain, the house slack
The tree population, the dignity –

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