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Joy Harjo brings a fresh identity to 'I Pray for My Enemies' / glideMAGAZINE

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GlideMagazine's Jim Hynes writes.....Female poets are all the buzz now. Awarding-winning poet Joy Harjo (not to be confused with Amanda Gordon), member of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Oklahoma, is the first Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate. She is also a musician who plays several woodwind instruments. On Pray For My Enemies, her first new recording in a decade, she shares languages of music to sing, speak, and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world. Collaborating with percussionist/composer/producer/engineer Barrett Martin (who we have covered several times on these pages) on this unique new album, Harjo brings a fresh identity to the poetry and songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee Creek Nation and one of the most authentic and compelling voices of these times. "The concept for I Pray for My Enemies began" says Harjo, "with an urgent need to deal with discord, opposition. It could have been on a tribal, national or a personal level. I no longer remember. The urgency had a heartbeat and in any gathering of two or more, perhaps the whole planet, our hearts lean to entrainment – that is, to beat together."

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