By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Journalist
NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Harjo, who recently completed a three-year run as the nation’s poet laureate, will publish an illustrated book next spring.
Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday that Harjo’s “Remember,” adapted from his celebrated poem of the same name, is scheduled for release on March 21, 2023. The book will feature illustrations by award-winning Michaela Goade.
“In simple, direct language, Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation, urges readers to pay close attention to who they are, the world they were born into, and how everyone on earth is connected,” the article reads in part. publisher’s ad. .
The poem “Remember”, published almost 40 years ago, is a tribute to the cosmos and our place in it. Fans of “Remember” extend beyond the poetry community: NASA announced last year that some lines were included on a time plaque/capsule on a spacecraft headed for the Trojan asteroids orbiting Jupiter. .
“’Recordar’ is one of my first poems. He joined when I was becoming a poet and needed to remind myself what mattered,” Harjo said in a statement. “Each of us needs spiritual nourishment to know how to negotiate this life of struggle and beauty. The poem has a life of its own. This poem has accompanied me for much of my life. It’s on a spaceship headed for Jupiter, it’s a song, dances have been done to it, and it’s been translated into my Mvskoke language.”
Harjo, 71, was the first Native American to serve as Poet Laureate. Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced that Ada Limón would succeed her. Goade’s illustrations for Carole Lindstrom’s “We Are Water Protectors” earned him a Caldecott Medal in 2021, the first time a native has received the prestigious children’s award.
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