"This is my heart. It is a good heart.
Weaves a membrane of mist and fire.
When we speak of love in the flower world
My heart is close enough to sing to you
In a language too clumsy
For human words.
—from “This Is My Heart” by Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo’s newly released memoir, Crazy Brave (Norton, 2012), dances into hard truth.
Her fine crafting of words and deft braiding of mythic visions throughout the text almost—almost—draw you past the truth of her personal story. That story is harsh and scary, mystical and loving, and, ultimately, triumphant and healing.
Harjo, Mvskoke (Creek), has a broad range of options from which to choose for expressing herself and her stories. The accomplished musician who has released five CDs might use her voice, her saxophone, her flutes (Native and concert) or her guitar to tell a tale. She is also a poet and a playwright, publishing 14 books of verse, children’s stories and prose."
- Konnie LeMay, ICTMN