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 Joy Harjo and Poetic Justice

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Letter from the End of the 20th Century (SD/SC 914)

This CD is no longer available from Silver Wave. It may be ordered by writing to nativejoy@earthlink.net.

Poet Joy Harjo, best-selling author of several books including "The Woman Who Fell From the Sky," plays saxophone and speaks poetically potent lyrics over a "TRIBAL-JAZZ-REGGAE" backdrop, which also contains elements of rock, blues and prophecy.

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"The term poetic justice is a term of grace, expressing how justice can appear in the world despite forces of confusion and destruction. The band takes its name from this term because all of us have worked for justice in our lives, through any means possible and through music." -Joy Harjo

ABOUT THE ARTISTPoetic Justice

In 1992, Susan Williams and Joy Harjo collaborated in Sue's garage studio and wrote the first drafts of "For Anna Mae Pictou Aquash." They later recorded it for "New Letter on the Air," a nationally syndicated poetry program. That was the beginning of Poetic Justice. Since then, they have had the opportunity to play in many venues, ranging from the "Olympics Centennial Park" as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta, GA, to the "Vancouver Writers Festival," and they opened for the Indigo Girls as part of 1996's "Honor the Earth Tour."


"At the heart of the music is Harjo's message of heart and strength." -CROSSWINDS REVIEW

Winner!1998 Outstanding Musical Acheivement Award presented by The First Americans in the Arts Council.

The band Poetic Justice is:

William Bluehouse Johnson - guitar
Susan M. Williams - drums
John L. Williams - bass
Frank Poocha - tribal singing and percussion
Richard Carbajal - guitar

Joy's rhythmic recitation of her poetry is the perfect complement to the bands blend of sunny grooves, tribal chanting and diverse instrumentation.

**** 4 Stars! "Letter From the End of the 20th Century is the finest "dub poetry" album ever recorded in North America." -PULSE! MAGAZINE REVIEW

On "Letter From the End of the Twentieth Century," she shows us American history as seen through the eyes of her people. In her poetry we experience the spiritual world of the Native American and the Igbo people of Nigeria. She takes us to Washington, Chicago, Managua, and the Rio Grande. She speaks about the revolution of love, forgiveness, spirits, crows and rum.