Native guard / Natasha Trethewey

Author(s): Trethewey, Natasha D., 1966-
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Subjects: African American soldiers--Poetry
Racially mixed people--Poetry
Interracial marriage--Poetry
Mothers--Poetry
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American--Poetry
Mississippi--Poetry
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Published: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 2007, c2006
LC Classification: P, PS
Physical Description: 51 p. ; 22 cm
Notes: ISBN: 0618872655 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9780618872657 (pbk.)
Pulitzer prize for poetry, 2007
Includes bibliographical references (p. 47-49)
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
Summary: 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."
OCLC Number: 123416531
ISBN/ISSN: 0618872655
9780618872657