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Carolyn Forché

Teoksen The Country Between Us tekijä

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Carolyn Forche is the author of Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award; The Country Between Us, which received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of America; and The Angel of History, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also the näytä lisää editor of the anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness. Recently, she was presented with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm. näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

The Country Between Us (1981) 425 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Toimittaja — 338 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Writing Creative Nonfiction (2001) 299 kappaletta
The Angel of History (1994) 284 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Blue Hour: Poems (2003) 198 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Gathering the Tribes (Yale Series of Younger Poets) (1976) 158 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
In the Lateness of the World: Poems (2020) 99 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Toimittaja — 44 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
El Salvador (1983) 26 kappaletta
Lani Maestro (1996) 8 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Avustaja — 1,281 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Avustaja, eräät painokset937 kappaletta, 7 arvostelua
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 399 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Avustaja — 395 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Bad Trips (1991) — Avustaja — 233 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Art of Losing (2010) — Avustaja — 207 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
Poems of Nazim Hikmet (1994) — Esipuhe — 205 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems (2003) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset173 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 135 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Avustaja — 109 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Avustaja — 97 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Autumn Sonata (1998) — Johdanto — 89 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1991 (1991) — Avustaja — 88 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Granta 8: Dirty Realism (1983) — Avustaja — 72 kappaletta
You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World (2024) — Avustaja — 64 kappaletta
True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine (2014) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Avustaja — 49 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser (2012) — Johdanto, eräät painokset20 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Lives of the Hudson (2010) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Peace or perish : a crisis anthology — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Antaeus No. 18, Summer 1975 — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Antaeus No. 34, Summer 1979 — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Occasionally you can attend a reading that is path-altering. I had the chance to hear Ms. Forche read a couple of times in the 80s. Students were talking about and sharing poems from her collection The Country Between Us, and her anthology of Poetry of Witness - Against Forgetting was still to come.

Forche spoke of a necessary space between the personal and political where witness poetry emerged – a space made necessary because of the too-narrow definitions that existed. That, in a time when young writers tended toward labels - political or confessional or romantic maybe - helped break the illusion that lives could be so compartmentalized.

The poems in her latest collection ‘In the Lateness of the World’ emerge out of this social realm but not without taking a hard look at Western minds that still want to keep lives wracked by war, and our unsavory histories, out of our mind’s eye. The poet shines a light migrations and crossings, and the harm and illusion of insulating ones' self whether in Asia, Central America, Detroit or on the Greek Isles where an overwhelming number of refugees pass. Her work alludes to earliest depictions of war in Western literature, a feeling of intergenerational trauma that overcomes our best efforts to shut it off.

In her poem 'Charmolypi,' this grief descends across generations, an “ache in the cage of breath” or a “light sound of wings brushing the walls” (57), being something brought down from Parnassus by Clio the Muse of History, a feeling that catches us unaware as if all the collective loss across generations were still present. The poem exists both as an acknowledgment of public grief but perhaps also as a rebuke for trying to distance ourselves.

There seem to be at least two certainties about the desire to wall ourselves off – its futility and our repeated efforts to do it.

In ‘Transport,’ Forche provides the reader with a catalog of ways to travel through this ancient land from rickshaws, to oxcarts, to taxis and small trucks. The speaker relates a set of instructions, saying that if the driver ‘struck/a man on foot we should run away before the car / is torched by the crowd and the driver killed.’ The idea of being a bystander collapses and the visions of burning cars invades the speaker’s dreams. Her poem is an answer to the idea of viewing the world from a mythical place of safety – which doesn’t exist. Our likelihood of doing harm diminishes as we stop trying to insulate ourselves – when we ‘go on foot’ (68).

Insulating creates a world surrounded by treachery, an area outside the light’s radius that is cause for fear. This is not the world of the poet whose proper work is to illuminate. Work that demands living like ‘the lensmaker who died / with his lungs full of glass’ or the ‘yew in blossom when the bees swarm’ becoming ‘their amber cathedral.’ The cost of this, like the case of the lensmaker, may be fatal but perhaps the reward ‘Nothing/to be afraid’ is greater. (13).

Forche, who has introduced so many newer readers to poets of witness such as Lorca and Mandelstam, has devoted much of her poetic life to this idea of illumination and implied the danger of writing from behind barriers. The images here put us in the scenes of atrocity, seeing many of them emerging from history, with Forche acting as our guide saying 'I will get you there' (6).
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DAGray08 | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 1, 2024 |
A very well written, and somewhat strange story of Forche's time in El Salvador from the late 1970s. I recommend it highly.
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TomMcGreevy | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 27, 2023 |
I think Forché is a great poet, and I think elegies are powerful, and I appreciate the thoughtful writing of this collection... but it didn't work well for me. Any one selection in isolation, I'd like. After writing and deleting several thoughts on why, I'm going to leave it at maybe just timing and attention.
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Kiramke | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 27, 2023 |
Strong words about social issues.
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mykl-s | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 11, 2023 |



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