Crazy Brave: A memoir

Joy Harjo

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  • W. W. Norton & Company
  • 2013
  • ISBN 9780393345438
  • 176 pages
  • Softcover
  • 22 × 14 × 1 cm

A “raw and honest” (Los Angeles Review of Books) memoir from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States.

In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.

Joy Harjo is the author of eight poetry collections, including the national bestseller An American Sunrise, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.