Narrative outside history dominates Harjo

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Narrative outside history dominates Harjo's long works. Dedicated to poet Audre Lorde,  "Anchorage" (1983) turns to prehistory through one of Harjo's characteristically long  introductions. This time, glacial "ice ghosts . . . swim backwards in time" to the alluvial  era when volcanoes forced their way to the surface. She transposes straightforward text  into native dance rhythms and pictures the parallel dance lines of air over subterranean  ocean: where spirits we can't see are dancing joking getting full on roasted caribou, and the praying goes on. As indicated by the punning title, natives anchor their lives in primal urges — the  rhythmic dance, humor, feasting, and worship that celebrate oneness with nature. The themes of continuity, momentum, and resilience fuel the remaining twenty-eight  lines. The traveler, accompanied by Nora, strolls down city streets. Disdainful of a 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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