Monument: Poems New and Selected

Monument: Poems New and Selected

Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry ?[Trethewey?s poems] dig beneath the surface of history?personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago?to explore the human struggles that we all face.? ?James H. Billington, 13th Librarian of Congress   Layering joy and urgent defiance?against physical and cultural erasure, against white supremacy whether Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry ?[Trethewey?s poems] dig beneath the...

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Title:Monument: Poems New and Selected
Author:Natasha Trethewey
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:132850784X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Monument: Poems New and Selected Reviews

  • kirsten
    Jan 17, 2019
    Why, oh why, did it take me this long to read anything by Trethewey? ...
  • Devon
    Dec 19, 2018
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  • James
    Oct 19, 2018
    A U.S. Poet Laureate and Nobel Prize winner, this book gathers some of Trethewey's best work. A person of mixed race, she examines her own past and the historical past of this country, its racial dealings and how women, particularly women of color or mixed origins, are portrayed in art...
  • Kris Springer
    Jan 12, 2019
    A beautiful, haunting, instructive poetry collection, a tapestry of Trethewey?s family story, the nation?s story and more. I wonder if the author of Heavy was influenced by Trethewey?s poetry; both are Mississippi natives with strong voices and some thematic similarities. The...
  • Jaclyn
    Dec 07, 2018
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  • Kent Winward
    Dec 08, 2018
    This collection is one of the better poetry collections I have read in some time. The author's mixed race heritage is fruitful ground for exploring what it means to be human and parts of others. The poetic themes are universal, despite the specifics. Tretheway also does something I...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Nov 15, 2018
    This was a collection of some of her earlier works into a really stunning book of poems. Many are in memory of her mother, who was murdered by her stepfather. The other poems deal largely with race and her experiences growing up as an inter-racial child in the south and how others perc...
  • Michael
    Jan 18, 2019
    I?m very glad I read these poems. The poet wrote these poems, many rooted in her families story: her mother?s murder, her relationship with her father. Many are poems about life in this world and navigating it both forward and backward as a person who has one parent who is white an...
  • Ruth
    Feb 12, 2019
    Beautiful, powerful read. Poems dealing with her mother's murder, grief, Civil War history, Camille and Katrina aftermath. from various reading notes ? references a Korean poet 'one does not bury the mother's body in the ground but in the chest" Family Portrait poem ? phot...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jan 20, 2019
    Magnificent collection by Natasha Trethewey containing many poems that have appeared in earlier compilations as well as some new ones. Each is a gem, either an exploration of her own traumatic history, or of racial identity through the centuries based on history as art. Easy to see why...
  • Kari
    Sep 29, 2018
    This is a beautiful and carefully crafted collection that is so recognizably American in its voice, its themes of race, the South, family, and history. "Searing" was the word that kept coming to mind. ...
  • Melissa
    Feb 06, 2019
    Haunting. ...
  • Xe N
    Jan 14, 2019
    Some of the poems definitely moved me especially "After Your Death", "Myth" and "Meditation at Decatur Square 4". Basically, the ones where she lays out the impact of her mother's death. I lost my father very suddenly last year (not to violence like her mother) but still, those poems r...
  • Jeffrey Parker
    Sep 30, 2018
    Over the years I?ve read each of Natasha Tretheway?s collections in isolation, enjoying to greater or lesser degree each one. In Monument, however, experiencing these poems together and allowing them to tell their collective stories as a whole, I have a completely different impress...
  • Katrina
    Oct 17, 2018
    This is a powerful collection in entrenched in history, loss, and isolation. Raw and hard hitting in places and poignant in others, from what I've seen of Trethewey's poems, I can't help but feel this is her finest work yet. With thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for...
  • Patti K
    Feb 04, 2019
    A 2018 selection of Trethewey's work is an outstanding work. She delves into historical and personal events that question the racism and mistaken narrative of the Civil War when it came to the Native Guards of Louisiana who were black. Mistreated and abused ostensibly for the "right...
  • Liz V
    Mar 02, 2019
    Absolutely incredible collection of her poetry?I am going to read this over and over. Just so many moments of awe in this book. ...
  • LT
    Jan 03, 2019
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  • Sara
    Feb 09, 2019
    I find myself needing to read Natasha Trethway?s poetry out loud to myself, over and over, to appreciate and enjoy the language and emotion as it washes over me. She is a national treasure. ...
  • Karen Lewis
    Jan 02, 2019
    A powerful collection from former US Poet Laureate. Her poetry considers the legacy of family, trauma, racial identity, history, and the healing power of creativity. Some of my favorite poems are ekphrasitc explorations based on vintage photographs and paintings. Reading these poems is...
  • R.K. Cowles
    Mar 01, 2019
    2 1/2 stars ...
  • Ted Morgan
    Feb 12, 2019
    This is my introduction to this fine writer's work I hope to read more. I have gently savored these poems. They are fine. I am still savoring but I want to recommend this collection. Her narrative powers are excellent. She is a visual poet as well as sound one. Her work is indeed haunt...
  • Esther
    Dec 03, 2018
    I've loved everything I've read from Trethewey, so it's really not a surprise that I loved this collection. ...
  • France
    Jan 29, 2019
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  • Shelby Lynne
    Dec 02, 2018
    BEST book of poetry I've read all year. I was nervous going into it because I don't usually like retrospectives -- too many gaps, you lose the beauty of the original collections. But Trethewey took the excerpts and wove them into a completely new collection. Incredible. I would recomme...
  • Erica Wright
    Jun 21, 2018
    Trethewey is a master of narrative, combining the personal and historic with uncanny wisdom and feeling. With this selected, it's possible to see the arc of her thematic development, experience her unique representation of race, family, and geography. In "Waterborne," she writes, .....
  • Eline
    Jan 03, 2019
    Monument by Natasha Trethewey: a poetry collection consisting of serious stories of a mixed-race prostitute, historical struggles of people of colour, about hurricane Katrina, the poet's own family stories of loss. Still, the writing doesn't pull me in as a reader, there's not a lot of...
  • Jim Robles
    Nov 11, 2018
    Five stars! Wow! I do not read poetry. I do not like poetry. I do not understand poetry. This is a wonderful read. "Though we slow down, time's wheel still rolls" (p. 63). Yes! I will be 70 in March. I get slower and slower, but the wheel keeps turning. In time it grinds up everythi...
  • Amanda
    Jan 16, 2019
    Not a big fan of poetry or poetry collections. I was assigned this book for a creative writing class (historical fiction) and enjoyed it. I especially like how the author weaves her own life into poems she was inspired to write by a painting or a photograph or a moment in history. ...
  • Rod
    Feb 23, 2019
    ?1969, Hurricane Camille bearing down, the old house shuddering as if it will collapse. Rain pours into every room and he has to keep moving, keep me out of harms way ? a father?s first duty: to protect. And so in the story, he does: I am small in his arms, perhaps even sleep...