The Spiral of Memory

Joy Harjo
Edited by Laura Coltelli
Intimate, illuminating conversations with one of the most important voices in contemporary American poetry


With the recently-published The Woman Who Fell from the Sky, Joy Harjo has emerged as one of the most powerful Native American voices of her generation. Over the past two decades, Harjo has refined and perfected a unique poetic voice that speaks her multifaceted experience as Native American, woman and Westerner in twentieth-century society.

The Spiral of Memory gathers the conversations in which Harjo has articulated her singular yet universal perspective on the world and her poetry. She reflects upon the nuances and development of her art, the importance of her origins, the arduous reconstruction of the tribal past, the dramatic confrontation between Native American and Anglo civilizations, the existential and artistic itinerary through present-day America, and other provocative and profoundly human themes.

Joy Harjo is the author of several volumes of poetry. She received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Before Columbus Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America. She is Professor of English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Laura Coltelli is Associate Professor of American Literature, University of Pisa.

Praise / Awards

  • "This is a captivating collection of conversations that add a new dimension to Harjo's work."
    --Bloomsbury Review
  • "Perfect for undergraduate classes in poetry and Native American literature."
    --Steve Brock, Book Reviews on the Internet
  • "Those who enjoy Harjo's poetry will find The Spiral of Memory extremely insightful due to the candid discussions on poverty and family, on cultural identity and political positioning, on the success and failure of language. But the collection is also a valuable tool for anyone interested in growth within the writing process. Harjo's frank description of her own growth as a poet gives fresh insight into both her poetry and the role of poetry in our culture."
    --Mary Adams, World Literature Today

Product Details

  • 5.25 x 8.
  • 152pp.
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  • Paper
  • 1996
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  • 978-0-472-06581-3

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