Remaking Achilles: Slicing into Angola's History


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Hidden River
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5.98 X 0.23 X 9.02 inches | 0.33 pounds
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About the Author

Carol Tyx, professor emeritus at Mt. Mercy University, lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where she facilitates a prison book club, raises her voice in the community sing movement, and supports community-based agriculture. Her poetry has most recently been published in Big Muddy, Gyroscope Review, Iowa City Poetry in Public, and Rising to the Rim with Brick Road Poetry Press. She has received three Pushcart nominations. She also makes a phenomenal strawberry rhubarb pie.


Remaking Achilles brings alive the vivid realities of Angola's history. I study Angola, especially the women, and have spent the last 30 years reading the facts. But this collection paints the horrors and injustices of time past in a way that the simple facts never do. Carol Tyx has done a remarkable job of reminding us all of where we came from and why we do not want to return.

Marianne Fisher-Giorlando, retired criminal justice professor and Angola historian

These sterling voices pretending to be persona poems are so well researched and authentically rendered that the painful and traumatic memories of Angola will continue to haunt readers long after the last pages are sliced open and left bleeding.

Frank X Walker, author of The Unghosting of Medgar Evers

A compassionate and imaginative retelling of a harrowing period in American penal history. With each vivid and lyrical insight, Carol Tyx weaves a compelling poetic tale depicting the effects of institutional racism and cruelty, of unimaginable hardship, but also of the human impulse to resist and seek dignity. In the darkest hours, there are sparks of light.
Andy Douglas, author of Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir

Like the ghostly inmate who takes his place in the long line of U.S. prison atrocities, Carol Tyx claims her place in a long tradition of poets like Muriel Rukeyser (The Book of the Dead, 1938) and Carolyn Forché (The Angel of History, 1994), incorporating individual impersonations and historical documents into lines that incriminate us all.

Cecile Goding, The Iowa Summer Writing Festival