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Book Title: The Angel of History|
The author of the book: Carolyn Forché
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: March 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780060170783
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The Angel of History was remarkable and astonishing. It’s fragmentary structure is something that I have attempted since ready some essay’s by Heather McHugh and I think this is a wonderful example of tying fragmentary pieces of history into a loose narrative that peeks out enough to catch a glimpse and be carried along. The fragmentary form is an appropriate vehicle considering the topic of history itself and the violent history of the twentieth century. The opening epigraph from Water Benjamin is perfect. By the second poem in the collection I am totally captivated. The lines, “ Autumns the fields were deliberately burned by fire so harmless children ran through it/ making a sort of game.” And then the this line in the third poem took my breath way, “ Within the house, the silence of God. Forty-four bedrolls, forty four metal cups/And the silence of God is God.” This line born on the back of a quote from Elie Weisel’s poem set the stage of the journey that the poet was taking the reader on.
Throughout the poems. Forche´ act as witness to inhumanity, to the detris of suffering, but like the angel of history, there is nothing she can do, there is no redemption, except that of witnessing the suffering of the world and that the suffering will not be forgotten. This is a beautiful book, a beautifully honest collection, that finds beauty in suffering. Maybe that’s redemption enough. This collection is one that I will return to time and time again.
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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.
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