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Native Guard (Paperback)
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This Pulitzer Prize winning volume of poems was my introduction to our current Poet Laureate. In it, I found a moving testimony to the complications of life in "The South" and of being bi-racial. Her word choices seem perfect and her willingness to tackle the personal so publicly, inspiring and fearless.— From Lisa's Picks
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.
About the Author
NATASHA TRETHEWEY is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. She was the 2012 Poet Laureate of the United States. "Native Guard", her third collection of poetry, received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast" was published in 2010. She lives in Atlanta.
"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 subject...Trethewey has a gift for squeezing the contradictions of the South into very tightly controlled lines." -- Book World The Washington Post
"[Native Guard] consistently presents Trethewey's belief that history is layered, full of bones and ghosts, and that the poet's job is to penetrate and expose." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Trethewey is sure-handed in her use of language and fearless in confronting her own personal issues." The Advocate
"A moving testimony." Atlanta Journal Constitution
"Elegiac...eloquently told...profoundly moving...Trethewey is clearly a poet to savor." --Maxine Kumin
"In a very few years Natasha Trethewey has created a small body of nearly flawless poetry." --Rodney Jones
"[Natasha Tretheway’s] voice is a rare, beautiful gift to the reader." --William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, UNC Chapel Hill