Thrall: Poems

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19th Poet Laureate of the United States
"A powerful, beautifully crafted book."--The Washington Post

"Ripe with the perfidies and paradoxes of thralldom both personal and public, it is utterly elegant."--Elle

Charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces that determine the roles to which a mixed-race daughter and her white father are consigned. In a brilliant series of poems about the taxonomies of mixed unions, Natasha Trethewey creates a fluent and vivid backdrop to her own familial predicament. While tropes about captivity, bondage, knowledge, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey unflinchingly examines our shared past by reflecting on her history of small estrangements and by confronting the complexities of race and the deeply ingrained and unexamined notions of racial difference in America.

"Natasha Trethewey's Thrall is simply the finest work of her already distinguished career . . . Rarely has any poetic intersection of cultural and personal histories felt more inevitable, more painful, or profound." --David St. John, author of The Face: A Novella in Verse

"A voice that not only expands the position of poetry], but helps us better understand ourselves. Her poems tell stories of loss and reckoning, both personal and historical." --Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Mariner Books
Publish Date
September 22, 2015
Pages
96
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780544586208
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About the Author

NATASHA TRETHEWEY was the 2012 poet laureate of the United States, and Native Guard, her third collection of poetry, received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. She is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

Reviews

"Utterly elegant." --Elle Magazine