Living Nations, Living Words An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

May 4, 2021
Living Nations, Living Words  An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry

A powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadthof Native poets writing today.Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate,has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Hersignature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Nativepoets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, andspace, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions toAmerican poetry.This companion anthology features each poem and poet from theproject—including Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez,Sherwin Bitsui, and Layli Long Soldier, among others—to offerreaders a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. Thechosen poems reflect on the theme of place and displacement andcircle the touchpoints of visibility, persistence, resistance, andacknowledgment. Each poem showcases, as Joy Harjo writes in herstirring introduction, "that heritage is a living thing, and therecan be no heritage without land and the relationships that outlineour kinship." In this country, poetry is rooted in the more thanfive hundred living indigenous nations. Living Nations, LivingWords is a representative offering.