The Woman Who Fell from the Sky

By Joy Harjo,

Book cover of The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems

Book description

She draws from the Native American tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of American culture, and the concept of feminine individuality.

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1 author picked The Woman Who Fell from the Sky as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I like poetry that teaches me something, and I like how Harjo can teach me about Native American myth and culture (as a member of the Muscogee Nation)in a poem set within the context of something as mundane as an airport.

She expertly threads together the modern with the historical, and the sacred within the ordinary. “Once a woman fell from the sky. The woman who fell from the sky was neither murderer nor saint. She was rather ordinary…”

I am also struck with how Harjo unifies her own unique culture with the shared experiences of all of us, as…

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