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Biography
Joy Harjo's seven books of poetry include SHE HAD SOME HORSES, THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, and HOW WE BECAME HUMAN, NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. Her poetry has garnered many awards including a Lila Wallace-Readerís Digest Award; the New Mexico Governorís Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has released three award-winning CD's of original music and performances: LETTER FROM THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, NATIVE JOY FOR REAL, and SHE HAD SOME HORSES. She has received the Eagle Spirit Achievement Award for overall contributions in the arts, from the American Indian Film Festival. She performs internationally solo and with her band Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band (for which she sings and plays saxophone), and premiered a preview of her one-woman show, WINGS OF NIGHT SKY, WINGS OF MORNING LIGHT at the Public Theater in New York City in 2007.

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POEMS

- by Joy Harjo

IF DUSK HAD WINGS

Dusk, tonight I will go with you. 

Your mystery is a thief. I wonít need shoes.

I will leave my jewelry to the children of the blue table.

I will leave my papers to the wind.

As for music, there is no end to the impossible.

I will find you in a lullaby, sung by a mother whose husband is off to war.

I will find you where no one else could find you.

First, you must take me up to your room.

We will catch the last light on our wings,

Before taking off our clothes,

Before eternity becomes a fire

Of dragonflies.