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Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Meeting information for the Non-Fiction Book Discussion. Meets by the north fireplace.

Our next meeting will be on
Monday, April 17th at 6:00 p.m.
by the north fireplace

Poet Warrior

Copies of Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to the meeting date. For more information about this group, contact Jill Hansen-Aune at the Reference Desk; 231-928-0256 or via email at

From the back cover:

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to Crazy BravePoet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice.

Harjo listens to stories of ancestors and family, the poetry and music that she first encountered as a child, and the messengers of a changing earth―owls heralding grief, resilient desert plants, and a smooth green snake curled up in surprise. She celebrates the influences that shaped her poetry, among them Audre Lorde, N. Scott Momaday, Walt Whitman, Muscogee stomp dance call-and-response, Navajo horse songs, rain, and sunrise. In absorbing, incantatory prose, Harjo grieves at the loss of her mother, reckons with the theft of her ancestral homeland, and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.

Moving fluidly between prose, song, and poetry, Harjo recounts a luminous journey of becoming, a spiritual map that will help us all find home. Poet Warrior sings with the jazz, blues, tenderness, and bravery that we know as distinctly Joy Harjo.

Past Book Group Selections:
March 2023 - The Agitators by Dorothy Wickenden
February 2023 - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January 2023 - Midnight Rising by Tony Horowitz
December 2022 - Christmas in Plains by Jimmy Carter
November 2022 - The Deer Camp by Dean Kuipers
October 2022 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers  by Katherine Boo
September 2022 - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann