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Book Title: Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness|
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The author of the book: Carolyn Forché
Date of issue: 1993
ISBN 13: 9780393309768
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I'm currently reading this for my Poetry & Protest class and I just wanted to catalogue the poems that I read on Goodreads. I'd love to read this whole collection someday and hopefully I will, but for now, here are the poems that I have read:
"A Working Party" by Siegfried Sassoon
Really intense poem that paints a picture of WWI and the trenches.
"Burning Shit at An Khe" by Bruce Weigl
Wonderful poem about the shit experiences (literally and figuratively) that the Vietnam War brought to the soldiers. I love the last sentence.
"I lay down in it
and fingerpaint the words of who I am
across my chest
until I'm covered and there's only one smell,
"A Mirror of the Twentieth Century" by Adonis
It's a very short poem and I don't have many thoughts on it. Not really my style.
"Still" by Wislawa Szymborska
I loved this poem a lot. It's beautiful and harrowing. It spoke to me on a deeper level than I thought it would.
"Song of the Juggler" by Heberto Padilla
I loved this one so much. There was just something about it that really spoke to me and I am a big fan of it.
"Stretch out your hands to me" by Bei Dao
I didn't like this one much. I'm not one for love poems. They don't really sway me and this one while pretty in prose is not my taste.
Everything else in this review is read at my own leisure. This is a very thick collection, but I really want to complete this collection of poetry. I will only be including poems or authors I think are worth mentioning.
*Siamonto's poetry is really captivating and I enjoyed both of the poems contained in this collection.
*The Little Car by Guillaume Apollinaire is one of the most moving poems I've ever read and the lay out of the poem is beautiful.
*I'm not a fan of Gottfriend Benn at all.
*I read one of Siegried Sassoon's poems for class and I loved the ones that are included, especially The Death-Bed.
* I can't stand e.e. cummings.
*Anna Akhmatova is one of the best poets I've ever read. I adored all of the poems in this collection and there are quite a few. Highly recommend checking her out.
*Boris Pasternak's poem "Hamlet" was my essay choice and I love this poem so much. Pasternak is an interesting person and this poem is so moving and I just love everything about it and what it has to offer.
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Read information about the authorCarolyn Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1950. She studied at Michigan State University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Forché is the author of four books of poetry: Blue Hour (HarperCollins, 2004); The Angel of History (1994), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Country Between Us (1982), which received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and Gathering the Tribes (1976), which was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Stanley Kunitz. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993). Among her translations are Mahmoud Darwish's Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems with Munir Akash (2003), Claribel Alegria's Flowers from the Volcano (1983), and Robert Desnos's Selected Poetry (with William Kulik, 1991). Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum.