Books by Joy Harjo
NPR stories about Joy Harjo
In Crazy Brave, Joy Harjo recounts how her early years — an abusive stepfather, the hardships of teen motherhood — suppressed her artistic gifts and nearly broke her. "It was the spirit of poetry," she writes, "who reached out and found me as I stood there at the doorway between panic and love."
Poetry Speaks Who I Am is a collection of poems intended not "for parents, for children, for classroom study or for required memorization," says editor Elise Paschen. It's for tweens and young teens, and includes poems about school, cars and the horror of shopping for your first bra.