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Joy Harjo

And I particularly admire the tender construction of your spine which in the gentle dawning is a ladder between the deep in which stars are perfectly stars, and the heavens where we converse with eagles. —Joy Harjo, from “The Myth of Blackbirds,” The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems (W. W. Norton & Company; Revised ed. edition August 17, 1996)

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