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    Someone accompanies every soul from the other side when it enters this place. Usually it is an ancestor with whom that child shares traits and gifts
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: children  soul  child  gift  shares 
     
    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
    — Joy Harjo
    I can hear the sizzle of newborn stars, and know anything of meaning, of the fierce magic emerging here. I am witness to flexible eternity, the evolving past, and I know we will live forever, as dust or breath in the face of stars, in the shifting pattern of winds.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: live  past  magic  meaning  star  forever  eternity 
     
    I listen to the gunfire we cannot hear, and begin this journey with the light of knowing the root of my own furious love.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: journey  knowing 
     
    Remember that you are this universe and that this universe is you.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: universe 
     
    It's important as a writer to do my art well and do it in a way that is powerful and beautiful and meaningful, so that my work regenerates the people, certainly Indian people, and the earth and the sun. And in that way we all continue forever.
    — Joy Harjo
    My house is the red earth . . . .
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: earth 
     
    I have more questions than answers in this world as do most poets and writers. The field of memory we exist in is absolutely encompassing and is both a question and answer. It is memory that provides the heart with impetus, fuels the brain, and propels the corn plant from seed to fruit.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: heart  world  memory  brain  questions  poet 
     
    It is memory that provides the heart with impetus, fuels the brain, and propels the corn plant from seed to fruit.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: heart  memory  brain 
     
    If we cry more tears we will ruin the land with salt; instead let's praise that which would distract us with despair. Make a song for death, a song for yellow teeth and bad breath
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: death  despair  tears  bad  song  praise 
     
    There is no poetry where there are no mistakes.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: mistakes  poetry 
     
    But come here, Fear. / I am alive! / And you are so afraid / of dying.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: fear  dying  afraid 
     
    Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: people 
     
    There is no separation. We are all from the same place. As long as there is respect and acknowledgement of connections, things continue working. When that stops we all die.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: respect  die 
     
    Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: world  crying 
     
    True power does not amass through the pain and suffering of others.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: pain  power  suffering  true 
     
    Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their families, their histories too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: animals  poem 
     
    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.
    — Joy Harjo
    At least I've had to come to that in my life, to realize that this stuff called failure, this stuff, this debris of historical trauma, family trauma, you know, stuff that can kill your spirit, is actually raw material to make things with and to build a bridge. You can use those materials to build a bridge over that which would destroy you.
    — Joy Harjo
    If you do not answer the noise and urgency of your gifts, they will turn on you. Or drag you down with their immense sadness at being abandoned.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: sadness  gift 
     
    My generation is now the door to memory. That is why I am remembering.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: memory 
     
    I've always had a theory that some of us are born with nerve endings longer than our bodies
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: body 
     
    I believe that poets have to be inside their poems somewhere, or the poem won't work.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: work  believe  poem  poet 
     
    I was born with eyes that can never close...
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: eyes 
     
    In Isleta the rainbow was a crack in the universe. We saw the barest of all life that is possible. Bright horses rolled over and over the dusking sky.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: sky  universe 
     
    I know I walk in and out of several worlds each day.
    — Joy Harjo
    tags: world 
     
    My sister accommodates me, never reproaches me with her doctrine, never tries to change me. She accepts and loves me, despite our differences.
    — Joy Harjo
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    joy harjo
    Birth    : May 9, 1951
    Occupation  : Poet