9780618604630

Native Guard

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618604630

  • ISBN10:

    0618604634

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-03-06
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Summary

Natasha Trethewey"s muscular, luminous poems explore the complexmemory of the American South--history that belongs to allAmericans. The sequence forming the spine of the collection followsthe Native Guard, one of the first black regiments mustered into servicein the Civil War. In Trethewey"s hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, aplaque honors Confederate POWs, but there is no memorial to thesevanguard Union soldiers. Native Guard is both a pilgrimage and anelegy, as Trethewey skillfully employs a variety of poetic forms to createa lyrical monument to these forgotten voices. Interwoven are poems honoring Trethewey"s mother and recallingher fraught childhood--her parents" interracial marriage was still illegalin 1966 Mississippi. Native Guard is a haunting, beguiling narrative, caught in the intersections of public and personal testament. As RitaDove proclaimed, "Here is a young poet in full possession of her craft."

Author Biography

Natasha Trethewey is the author of two previously published collections, Belloq’s Ophelia and Domestic Work. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, she was the recipient of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Grolier Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches creative writing at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Theories of Time and Space
1(4)
I
The Southern Crescent
5(2)
Genus Narcissus
7(1)
Graveyard Blues
8(1)
What the Body Can Say
9(1)
Photograph: Ice Storm, 1971
10(1)
What is Evidence
11(1)
Letter
12(1)
After Your Death
13(1)
Myth
14(1)
At Dusk
15(4)
II
Pilgrimage
19(2)
Scenes from a Documentary History of Mississippi
21(4)
King Cotton, 1907
Glyph, Aberdeen, 1913
Flood
You Are Late
Native Guard
25(6)
Again, The Fields
31(4)
III
Pastoral
35(1)
Miscegenation
36(1)
My Mother Dreams Another Country
37(1)
Southern History
38(1)
Blond
39(1)
Southern Gothic
40(1)
Incident
41(1)
Providence
42(1)
Monument
43(1)
Elegy for the Native Guards
44(1)
South
45(2)
Notes 47(4)
Acknowledgments 51

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