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Thrall (Reissue) (Paperback) (Natasha Trethewey)

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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, ******, 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
The stunning follow-up volume to her 2007 Pulitzer Prize?winning Native Guard, by America?s 2012 Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey?s poems are at once deeply personal and historical?exploring her own interracial and complicated roots?and utterly American, connecting them to ours. The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeateThrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

Thrall confirms not only that Natasha Trethewey is one of our most gifted and necessary poets but that she is also one of our most brilliant and fearless.
Edition: Reissue
Number of Pages: 84
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Natasha Trethewey
Language: English
Street Date: September 22, 2015
TCIN: 17466984
UPC: 9780544586208
Item Number (DPCI): 247-46-9527
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