Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness by Carolyn Forché
This landmark anthology, the first of its kind, takes it impulse from the words of Bertolt Brecht: "In these dark times, will there also be singing? / Yes, there will be singing. / About the dark times." Bearing witness to extremitywhether of war, torture, exile, or repressionthe volume encompasses more than 140 poets from five continents, over the span of this century from the Armenian genocide to Tiananmen Square.
Carolyn Forché, poet, translator, and activist, is professor of English at Georgetown University. She has published two award-winning volumes of poetry, Gathering the Tribes and The Country Between Us. In 1990 Ms. Fourché received a Lannan Literary Award, granted to poets and writers of literary excellence "whose work promotes a truer understanding of contemporary life." Her most recent volume of poetry is Blue Hour.
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In a class by itself, edited and and introduced with precise passion and Olympian breadth, Against Forgetting encapsulates both the horrors of our century and the power of musical language to make a place to live, breathe, hope, love.
From every continent comes the news that our age is an age of murder and repression on a scale unimagined before. And yet I can't peruse this book without marveling at what beauty these writers have made of the calamity called the Twentieth Century. I would not have thought a poetry anthology could be so stirring.
Poetry cannot block a bullet or still a sjambok, but it can bear witness to brutality—thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard. Carolyn Fourché's Against Forgetting is itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice. It bears witness to the evil we would prefer to forget, but never can—and never should.
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This book is a testament to the fact that we must remember the struggles and negativity that surround warfare. The collections of poetry cover various historical periods and different places of conflict.
My review does not give this book justice. However, I love it. I am using it in my English creative writing classes.
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This ambitious biography contains stories of struggle and success, of love and family, and of
survival and prosperity for a woman in a world that was challenging for even the most determined man. Together, these accounts define a courageous lady ...
Blue Hour is an elusive book, because it is ever in pursuit of what the
German poet Novalis called 'the [lost] presence beyond appearance.' The longest poem, 'On Earth,' is a transcription of mind passing from life into death, in ...
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cycles of the seasons, of generations, of the body’s functioning, that it is surprising to realize how many of her poems deal with uprootednesshasty emigrations ...
The design of multiple housing – a new building type, especially for growing urban populations
– was a major new area of activity for architects at the beginning of the twentieth century, and one that continues into the twenty-first century.This ...
Carolyn Heilbrun's important investigation into issues of identity for twentieth-century American women: the problem with
past role models, ways to construct new ones.Men have monopolized human experience, leaving women unable to imagine themselves as both ambitious and female. If I ...