Whether you love poetry or history, this is a worthwhile read.
It is one of the peculiarities of life that it is often at the brink of destruction that we see most clearly what our hearts have always spoken to us.
Unlike many anthologies, Forché provides a wonderful introduction, and short biographies of each poet.
I very much wanted to admire this anthology. Conceptually, I thought it could be a much-needed contribution, with the the focus on the witnesses to the horrors of the 20th Century. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Tilewick
Whether you love poetry or history, this is a worthwhile read. Hardly cheerful, but informative, enlightening and deeply moving. Read morePublished 7 months ago by eve burton
Poetry about war? About torture? About oppression and pain and fear?
That's exactly what Forche has compiled, here and it should be included in the library of every serious... Read more
These poems are shattering and beautiful. Anyone with a desire to understand what cruelty and tyranny do to humans - and how art and love can exist despite evil - should buy and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kelly Withee
Forche gathered an amazing set of poetry which is beautiful about the ugly things of the world which may be difficult to swallow. Very profound poetry about war and other sufferingPublished 12 months ago by Fazeel Chauhan
I shall enjoy sharing this work with my colleagues and students as we explore complex social issues in our combined literature, history, speech, and writing classes.Published 18 months ago by Gwen Livingstone Pokora
Carolyn Forche has brought together some of the world's finest poets who have written in response to the world that they have witnessed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carolyn
Hard to read so much about suffering, so take this in small doses! The selection seems good, each poem has much merit to distinguish. Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Little Stevie