Joy Harjo is my favorite poet, and She Had Some Horses is my favorite chapbook. Harjo writes in free verse, but it’s frequently a rhythmic free verse, a style that really appeals to my ear. Indeed, she also makes music. Her themes—American Indian experiences, imperialism, living in (astride?) two worlds, the personal, etc.—also interest me, of course. Plus, Harjo and I are from the same part of the world. How can I not like a poet from northeast Oklahoma? (Random aside: Actually, John Berryman‘s birthplace is near my own, and I’m not a particular fan of his.)
You can read the title poem from She Had Some Horses here. It’s a helluva poem. And it always gets me thinking….