Dec. 6 – Natasha Trethewey – Monument [Advent Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2018
Advent Calendar
December 6

 

Monument:
Poems New and Selected

Natasha Trethewey

 
Hardback: HMH Books, 2018
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*** BEST POETRY BOOK of 2018!!!

 

The Mississippi-born poet Natasha Trethewey has an exalted résumé — she has served two terms as poet laureate, and she won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her collection “Native Guard” — but her poems are earthy; they fly close to the ground.

Like Philip Levine, who wrote about working-class life in Detroit, Trethewey observes the lives of people who toil with their hands: seamstresses, maids, beauticians, and the dock and factory workers in and around her hometown of Gulfport.

…The human details in Trethewey’s work — those crabs, that music, those cracked palms — are like the small feathers that give contour to a bird’s wing. “Monument” is a major book, and in her best poems this poet soars.

 – from The NY Times Review of this book

 

READ four poems from this collection

 



 

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