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Native Guard: Poems

Native Guard: Poems
Author: Natasha Trethewey
ISBN 13: 9780618872657
ISBN 10: 618872655
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2007-04-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 51
List Price: $14.95

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey's resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history.

The washington Post - Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Trethewey's style is reserved, even cautious, though her subjects are emotionally charged, even violent. This creates an interesting dichotomy, especially in poems such as "Pastoral" with its touchy image of Trethewey confronting the great white Southern poets -- Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren and others -- while in blackface. Though this is her third book, Trethewey is still perfecting her voice and may have only scratched the surface of her remarkable talent.