This Morning I Pray for My Enemies, by Joy Harjo
And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The door to the mind should only be open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.
(Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, W. W. Norton, 2017).
Wednesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 29, 2018
Joy Harjo/The 55th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program
March 28: Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm
March 29: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (160-172 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford), 1:30 pm
This program is sponsored by The Hartford. Additional support is provided by American Studies, UConn’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the English Speaker’s Fund, the Humanities Institute, and the Rightors Fund for Children’s Literature, all housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, andShe Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative NonFiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the fall of 2016, she assumed the Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.