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Crazy Brave: A Memoir por Joy Harjo
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Crazy Brave: A Memoir (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Joy Harjo (Autor)

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In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, 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. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.… (mais)
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Título:Crazy Brave: A Memoir
Autores:Joy Harjo (Autor)
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (2012), Edition: 1, 176 pages
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I played with garter snakes, horned toads, frogs, June bugs, and other creatures. Some of my favorite playmates were roly-poly bugs. They busied about with several legs and didn't trip themselves up. They protected themselves when threatened by curling into a ball. As we played, I could see the light shining around their little armored bodies.

Roly-polys! This is like an automatic 5 star from me! OK, no, I will be good. 3.5 stars overall. I must say I really enjoyed this book, maybe more so because even though I know next to nothing of Native American culture, it is clear that this author and her folks are my people. From the children running through yards playing with reptiles and bugs to the struggles making ends meet and the bouts of too much alcohol and smoke and the housework that is never done and the poetry that might make it all better. My folks, to the core. (I say this with full awareness of one massive genocide standing between our peoples, which kills me because I am helpless as to what can bring any healing. It is clear to me that we are different, but as all differences do, this resolves down to our same. Because we have been the same kind of coward, and I aspire to be the same kind of brave.)

As a read, it is a little disjointed having no grounding in the dream travelling and the visions of things that happen before birth and such, but by the end of the book these things fall into a rhythm, become one of its charms. But then it all ends very abruptly. Nonetheless, I probably would round this up to a 4 star were it not for one of the most gripping stories she tells being "partially fictionalized," with no indication of what exactly was fictionalized. Names changed to protect the innocent? What actually happened? People's reactions? No idea. It is one of the best stories in the book. Ah, well. (3 stars means "I liked it" and I in this case I totally recommend this book.)

From page 56:
And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It's the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
A door to the mind should open only from the heart.
An enemy who gets in risks the danger of becoming a friend.
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  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
Jo Harjo was the first Native American (Creek/Muscokgee) to be chosen as U.S. Poet Laureate (2019). I have admired her as a poet so it came as a surprise to me that I didn't like her prose. Although many reviewers mention that the flow is beautiful, for me some sentences had so rough a flow that the choice of words was distracting to the thought. This memoir covers Harjo's life from a terrible childhood to her early thirties. Although I struggled with the style, I'm interested in her story and if a following book is published I'll want to read it. ( )
  clue | May 9, 2021 |
A memoir that only a poet could write. Flowing stories with Native American roots. A wonderful read from America’s current Poet Laureate. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
I saw glimpses of a touching, strong and good story, but the writing style was too overwrought for me to read. I skimmed hoping it would improve, but never did much. Some people will (and clearly do) enjoy the writing. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
This book is alive with spirit, with feelings and hardship survived, with beautiful language.
My copy has indecipherable marginalia, which at first I imagined to be Cherokee syllabary expanding upon the text with a fuller meaning that English can't express. It sparked my own imagination. Now, on closer examination, I think it might be Kanji/Hanzi.
There are many passages that made me pause, but I only managed to note: "She exists in me now, just as I will and already do within my grandchildren. No one ever truly dies. The desires of our hearts make a path. We create legacy with our thoughts and dreams. This legacy either will give those who follow us joy on their road or will give them sorrow." (p.149)
"Music is direct communication with the sacred..." (p. 85) "Every sould has a distinct song. ...Because music is a language that lives in the spiritual realms, we can hear it, we can notate it and create it, but we cannot hold it in our hands." (p.19) ( )
  juniperSun | Jun 24, 2018 |
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"Joy Harjo possesses an unusual ability to describe stark, often disturbing, details with an understated dignity, but she captures awe and beauty just as skillfully."
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Once I traveled far above the earth. This beloved planet we call home was covered with an elastic web of light. I watched in awe as it shimmered, stretched,, dimmed, and shined, shaped by the collective effort of all life within it. Dissonance attracted more dissonance. Harmony attracted harmony. I was revolutions, droughts, famines, and the births of new nations. The most humble kindnesses made the brightest lights. Nothing was wasted.
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...poetry did not have to be ...of an English that was always lonesome for its homeland in Europe. In his poems were his pueblo and his people, our love and the love for justice. (p. 141)
“A story matrix connects all of us.
There are rules, processes, and circles of responsibility in this world. And the story begins exactly where it is supposed to begin. We cannot skip any part.” (p.28)
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In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, 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. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

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