110: Joy Harjo on how artists have vision
"I feel, as an artist, that I have a responsibility towards growing vision, compassion." Listen to poet and musician Joy Harjo tell the story of why she began writing poetry.
I started writing poetry because I looked around
and I saw that we weren't hearing women's voices.
"'This is what I think about your music,' he shouted."
The first poetry I did came directly out of that call for justice.
"She always joked she was raised by wolves, so howling came natural.
She fit tight into black leather pants and jacket.
She was no Pocahontas."
I feel as an artist that I have a responsibility
toward growing vision, compassion.
One artist in a community can make quite a bit of change.
Artists can give voice or vision to a community.
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