Daily Haibun, June 7th – Joy Harjo

In tonight’s Prosery prompt over at dVerse, I had the utter delight and joy to find a new poet. I fell head over heels for Joy Harjo’s poem “A Map to the Next World.” And now all I want to do is read more!
Even though it’s late and I should prepare for sleep. Oh well, sleep can wait a bit… :-)

To read is to share
Thoughts and dreams with another
Like yet unlike me


Harjo 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.”

Source: Poetry Foundation

“To read the poetry of Joy Harjo is to hear the voice of the earth, to see the landscape of time and timelessness, and, most important, to get a glimpse of people who struggle to understand, to know themselves, and to survive.”

Source: Poetry Foundation

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