Joy Harjo Quotes

It's important as a writer to do my art well and do it in a way that is powerful and beautiful and meaningful, so that my work regenerates the people, certainly Indian people, and the earth and the sun. And in that way we all continue forever.
Joy Harjo (b. 1951), Native American (Creek) author. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 7, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
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Sometimes they are little cats mewing and scratching at the door, sometimes they are her grandmother's voice, and sometimes they are gigantic men of light whispering to her to get up, to get up, to get up.
Joy Harjo (b. 1951), U.S. poet. The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Windo (l. 35-38). . . Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. Duane Niatum, ed. (1988) Harper & Row.
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She thinks of the 4 a.m. lonelinesses that have folded her up like death, discordant, without logical and beautiful conclusion. Her teeth break off at the edges. She would speak.
Joy Harjo (b. 1951), U.S. poet. The Woman Hanging from the Thirteenth Floor Window (l. 56-59). . . Harper's Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. Duane Niatum, ed. (1988) Harper & Row.
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