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Author: Natasha D Trethewey
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007. ©2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First Mariner Books editionView all editions and formats
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These poems explore the complex memory of the American South, history that belongs to all Americans. The sequence forming the spine of the collection follows the ''Native Guard'', one of the first black regiments mustered into service in the Civil War. In the author's hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, a plaque honors Confederate POWs, but there is no memorial to these vanguard Union soldiers. This collection is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Poetry
Poésie
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Natasha D Trethewey
ISBN: 0618872655 9780618872657 0618604634 9780618604630
OCLC Number: 123416531
Awards: Pulitzer prize for poetry, 2007.
Description: 51 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Theories of time and space --
The southern crescent --
Genus narcissus --
Graveyard blues --
What the body can say --
Photograph: ice storm 1971 --
What is evidence --
Letter --
After your death --
Myth --
At dusk --
Pilgrimage --
Scenes from a documentary history of Mississippi --
King Cotton, 1907 --
Glyph, Aberdeen 1913 --
Flood --
You are late --
Native guard --
Again, the fields --
Pastoral --
Miscegenation --
My mother dreams another country --
Southern history --
Blond --
Southern Gothic --
Incident --
Providence --
Monument --
Elegy for the native guards --
South.
Responsibility: Natasha Trethewey.
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These poems explore the complex memory of the American South, history that belongs to all Americans. The sequence forming the spine of the collection follows the ''Native Guard'', one of the first black regiments mustered into service in the Civil War. In the author's hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, a plaque honors Confederate POWs, but there is no memorial to these vanguard Union soldiers. This collection is both a pilgrimage and an elegy, as the author employs a variety of poetic forms to create a lyrical monument to these forgotten voices. Interwoven are poems honoring her mother and recalling her fraught childhood; her parents' interracial marriage was still illegal in 1966 in Mississippi. This book is a narrative caught in the intersections of public and personal testament. As Rita Dove proclaimed, "Here is a young poet in full possession of her craft."

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"Trethewey serves our profound need for that rare thing -- artistically fine Civil War poetry...She is our Native Guard." -- David Madden, author of Sharpshooter "The graceful form conceals a gritty Read more...

 
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