Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings
Joy Harjo

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Narrated By: Joy Harjo

Duration: 1 hour and 54 minutes

What to expect

A musical, magical, resilient volume from the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States

In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are played against the grinding politics of being human. Beginning in a hotel room in the dark of a distant city, we travel through history and follow the memory of the Trail of Tears from the bend in the Tallapoosa River to a place near the Arkansas River. Stomp dance songs, blues, and jazz ballads echo throughout. Lost ancestors are recalled. Resilient songs are born, even as they grieve the loss of their country. Called a “magician and a master” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joy Harjo is at the top of her form in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.


Poetry, Poetry, Poetry

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“When Harjo confronts tragedy, she becomes our conscience.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

“This is not merely a book of poetry. These are instructions for the soul, a song to lead the reader home…[Harjo is] the first lady of American Indian poetry.”

World Literature Today

“Joy Harjo…brings to life many of the stories, songs, and traditions of her Muscogee and Cherokee ancestors…Her reading is clear and clearly impassioned, expressing the considerable emotional depth of the poetry and commentary. The title poem is a particular treasure, and Harjo shows in this collection why she is a worthy choice as our current poet laureate. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“[Harjo’s] poetry is light and elixir, the very best prescription for us in wounded times.”

The Millions

“Harjo masterfully helps us travel through landscape and it’s hard not to feel such loss but also a glimmer of hope as these poems brace against what it means to listen to the land and to each other.”

Literary Hub

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history. The poet’s finely tuned voice goes where ‘Midnight is a horn player,’ driven by tribute, prayer, and blues, excavating names, places, and dreams. And at the end of this epic voyage, the reader surfaces at sunrise.”