||"Included in this first edition is a recording of Harjo reading from ten of her poems, accompanied by music from her band, Poetic Justice"--Publisher's display box.
|Formatted Contents Note:
||The creation story -- The woman who fell from the sky -- The naming -- The flood -- A postcolonial tale -- Mourning song -- Northern lights -- Who invented death and crows and is there anything we can do to calm the noisy clatter of destruction? -- The myth of blackbirds -- The song of the house in the house -- Insomnia and the seven steps to grace-- Letter from the end of the twentieth century -- Witness -- Wolf warrior -- Promise of blue horses -- Sonata for the invisible -- The place the musician became a bear -- The other side of yellow to blue -- The field of miracles -- Petroglyph -- Fishing -- Promise -- The dawn appears with butterflies -- Perhaps the world ends here.
|Creation/Production Credits Note:
||Woman who fell from the sky opening and reprise music by Joy Harjo and Susan Williams. Myth of blackbirds music, a traditional Lakota women's song, arranged by John Williams, Susan Williams, and Joy Harjo ; inspired by Jim Pepper. Engineer, Eric Larsen, C & D Spots Studio, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
|Participant or Performer Note:
||Susan Williams, Frank Poocha, drums and percussion; Joy Harjo, saxophones; Frank Poocha, Susan Williams, Joy Harjo, singers.
||Joy Harjo, one of this country's foremost Native American voices, combines elements of storytelling, prayer, and song, informed by her interest in jazz and by her North American tribal background, in this, her fourth volume of poetry. She is a mythic, visionary, and spiritual poet who draws from the Native American tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of American culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. In describing this volume Harjo has said: "I believe that the word poet is synonymous with the word truth teller. So this collection tells a bit of the truth of what I have seen since my coming of age in the late sixties."