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Monument: Poems New and Selected


  


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Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
EAN: 9781328507846
ISBN: 132850784X
Item Dimensions: 9006008083
Label: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 208
Publication Date: November 06, 2018
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: November 06, 2018
Studio: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry

“[Trethewey’s poems] dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.” —James H. Billington, 13th Librarian of Congress
 
Layering joy and urgent defiance—against physical and cultural erasure, against white supremacy whether intangible or graven in stone—Trethewey’s work gives pedestal and witness to unsung icons. Monument, Trethewey’s first retrospective, draws together verse that delineates the stories of working class African American women, a mixed-race prostitute, one of the first black Civil War regiments, mestizo and mulatto figures in Casta paintings, Gulf coast victims of Katrina. Through the collection, inlaid and inextricable, winds the poet’s own family history of trauma and loss, resilience and love.
 
In this setting, each section, each poem drawn from an “opus of classics both elegant and necessary,”* weaves and interlocks with those that come before and those that follow. As a whole, Monument casts new light on the trauma of our national wounds, our shared history. This is a poet’s remarkable labor to source evidence, persistence, and strength from the past in order to change the very foundation of the vocabulary we use to speak about race, gender, and our collective future.
 
*Academy of American Poets’ chancellor Marilyn Nelson






 



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