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The Angel of History

 
 
 
 
The Angel of History
Author: Carolyn Forche
ISBN 13: 9780060925840
ISBN 10: 60925841
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1995-02-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
List Price: $12.99
 
 

Placed in the context of twentieth-century moral disaster—war, genocide, the Holocaust, the atomic bomb—Forche's ambitions and compelling third collection of poems is a meditation of memory, specifically how memory survives the unimaginable. The poems reflect the effects of such experience: the lines, and often the images within them, are fragmented discordant. But read together, these lines, become a haunting mosaic of grief, evoking the necessary accommodations human beings make to survive what is unsurvivable. As poets have always done, Forche attempts to gibe voice to the unutterable, using language to keep memory alive, relive history, and link the past with the future.

Robert Creeley

The poignant cri de couer of this singular work most affect all who have an integrity still possible in this painfully despairing time.