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IN SALVADOR, 1978-80<P>"In memory of Monsignor Oscar Romero"<P>Caminante, no hay camino<P>Se hace camino al andar.<P>Antonio MachadoSAN ONOFRE, CALIFORNIA<P>We have come far south.<BR>Beyond here, the oldest women<BR>shelling limas into black shawls. <BR>Portillo scratching his name <BR>on the walls, the slender ribbons<BR> of piss, children patting the mud<BR>. If we go on, we might stop <BR>in the street in the very place <BR>where someone disappeared <BR>and the words Come with us! we might <BR>hear them. If that happened, we would <BR>lead our lives with our hands <BR>tied together. That is why we feel <BR>it is enough to listen <BR>to the wind jostling lemons, <BR>to dogs ticking across the terraces, <BR>knowing that while birds and warmer weather <BR>are forever moving north, <BR>the cries of those who vanish <BR>might take years to get here. <BR><P>1977<P>THE ISLAND<P>FOR CLARIBEL ALFGRIA<P>IN Deya when the mist <BR>rises out of the rocks it comes<BR> so close to her hands she could <BR>tear it to pieces like bread. <BR>She holds her drink and motions <BR>with one hand to describe this: <BR>what she would do with so many <BR>baskets of bread. <BR><P>Mi "prieta," Asturias called her, <BR>my dark little one. Neruda <BR>used the word "negrita," and it is <BR>true: her eyes, her hair, <BR>both violent, as black <BR>as certain mornings have been <BR>for the last fourteen years. <BR>She wears a white cotton dress. <BR>Tiny mirrors have been stitched <BR>to it--when I look for myself <BR>in her, I see the same face <BR>over and over. <BR><P" have the fatty eyelids<BR> of a Slavic factory girl, <BR>the pale hair of mixed blood.<BR> Although Jose Marti has said <BR>

Synopsis:

The book opens with a series of poems about El Salvador, where Forch&eacute; worked as a journalist and was closely involved with the political struggle in that tortured country in the late 1970's. Forch&eacute;'s other poems also tend to be personal, immediate, and moving. Perhaps the final effect of her poetry is the image of a sensitive, brave, and engaged young woman who has made her life a journey. She has already traveled to many places, as these poems indicate, but beyond that is the sense of someone who is, in Ignazio Silone's words, coming from far and going far.

About the Author

Carolyn Forch&eacute; 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, awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Centuly Poetry of Witness. Recently she was presented with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm. She lives in Maryland with her husband and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060909260
Author:
Forche, Carolyn
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
Single Author - American (General)
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
19820331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.92x6.13x.18 in. .18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The book opens with a series of poems about El Salvador, where Forch&eacute; worked as a journalist and was closely involved with the political struggle in that tortured country in the late 1970's. Forch&eacute;'s other poems also tend to be personal, immediate, and moving. Perhaps the final effect of her poetry is the image of a sensitive, brave, and engaged young woman who has made her life a journey. She has already traveled to many places, as these poems indicate, but beyond that is the sense of someone who is, in Ignazio Silone's words, coming from far and going far.
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