Harjo's presence and her work were as much a part of my interior landscape in the years I lived in New Mexico as were the many breathtakingly beautiful and often deadly and brutal landscapes of the region itself. It's a signature of where my work in history has taken me, perhaps, with such a concentration on the matters of slavery and the lead up to the Civil War era, that Joy Harjo hasn't crossed my mind in quite a while. Therefore I'm most grateful to the Racialicious blog for putting her front and center today, here.
There are videos. But best of all, there's an excerpt from and a link to the full poem of Harjo's "She Had Some Horses," a poem that continues to have more meaning for me -- and surely many others -- as I journey through the variety of phases that living a life is. As Racialicious warns, it may trigger some because there are images of sexual violence in this poem.