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Native Guard: Poems by Natasha Trethewey

Native Guard: Poems

by Natasha Trethewey

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It's hard to know what to say about a great book of poetry. The verse is grounded in her experiences growing up in Mississippi and the memory of her mother. There is a deep sadness and longing in her poetry. She said she wrote it to come to terms with the deathj of her mother. ( )
  danhammang | Jul 9, 2017 |
Trethewey was recently appointed U.S. Poet Laureate, which is pretty impressive for such a relatively young poet (she has only published three books). This is a slim volume ( ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
This collection of poems is heartfelt and open, but have enough substance to analyze them in a classroom setting. Trethewey's diction is very forward. Her collection is divided up into four sections, regarding topics such as the death of her mother, the Native Guard and their forgotten history, life as a biracial child.
These poems are easy to read, and are a powerful collection. This is a must read! ( )
  hcchilders | Sep 23, 2016 |
The language was a little obvious for my tastes, which is a problem I seem to have generally with poets who win Pulitzers and/or become poet laureates. ( )
  poingu | Jan 29, 2015 |
Gorgeous. I appreciated the subject and construction of each poem. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Dec 8, 2012 |
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By setting the jewel of rage in a formal ring, she suffuses and subsumes it, coloring many of the poems here with pathos. The conflicting facts of the South are with her forever, and haunt her; they’re the blood of her work.
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Memory is a cemetery / I've visited once or twice, white / ubiquitous and the set aside // Everywhere under foot ...
--Charles Wright
For my mother, in memory
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618872655, Paperback)

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey's resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history.

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A compilation of poetry addresses the complex history of the American South, offering a lyrical tribute to the Native Guard, one of the first black regiments in service during the Civil War and paying tribute to the author's mother and her illegal interracial marriage.… (more)

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