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Monument: Poems New and Selected

Natasha Trethewey

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Paperback (BC)
01 Dec 2019
Houghton Mifflin
208 pages - 203 x 135 x 12mm


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.
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.
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