About the Po36 - AboutthePoet "historicist" .,Mary...

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About the Poet Feminist screenwriter and poet Joy Harjo relishes the role of "historicist," a form of storytelling that  recaptures lost elements of history. Typically listed alongside native writers Paula Gunn Allen, Mary  Crow Dog, Wendy Rose, and Linda Hogan, she strives for imagery that exists outside the bounds of  white stereotypes. As a force of the Native American renaissance, she speaks the pain and rage of  the Indian who lacks full integration into society. Harjo's antidote to despair is a vigorous reclamation  of living. Her poems resonate with Indian journeys and migrations; her characters combat the cultural  displacement that fragments lives and promotes killing silences. Of Muscogee Creek, Cherokee, French, and Irish ancestry, she was born Joy Harjo Foster on May 9,  1951, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a lifelong music lover who plays jazz saxophone and enjoys 
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