Native Guard

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-03
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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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.

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 Spacep. 1
The Southern Crescentp. 5
Genus Narcissusp. 7
Graveyard Bluesp. 8
What the Body Can Sayp. 9
Photograph: Ice Storm, 1971p. 10
What is Evidencep. 11
Letterp. 12
After Your Deathp. 13
Mythp. 14
At Duskp. 15
Pilgrimagep. 19
Scenes from a Documentary History of Mississippip. 21
King Cotton, 1907
Glyph, Aberdeen 1913
You Are Late
Native Guardp. 25
Again, the Fieldsp. 31
Pastoralp. 35
Miscegenationp. 36
My Mother Dreams Another Countryp. 37
Southern Historyp. 38
Blondp. 39
Southern Gothicp. 40
Incidentp. 41
Providencep. 42
Monumentp. 43
Elegy for the Native Guardsp. 44
Southp. 45
Notesp. 47
Acknowledgmentsp. 51
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