Trethewey (Domestic Work) draws on the life of her deceased mother and on the history of Mississippi, where the poet and her mother's family grew up, to limn a multiracial South and her own multiracial heritage. One poem tries to preserve her mother's memory ("certain the sounds I make/ are enough to call someone home"); the title poem's set of linked sonnets, where the last line of each one becomes the first line of the next, presents black Union soldiers who "keep/ white men as prisoners—rebel soldiers,/ would-be masters." A pantoun remembers the night Trethewey's family discovered a burning cross on her lawn; the concluding poem condenses the poet's mixed—and compelling—feelings about "Mississippi, state that made a crime// of me—mulatto, half-breed, native—/ in my native land, this place they'll bury me." (Mar.)
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*Starred Review* Trethewey's exacting and resonant poetry is rooted in the shadow side of American history. In her first two collections, she empathically dramatizes the lives of women of color. Here she enters the arena of war and unveils a harrowing betrayal. In commanding, bayonet-sharp lyrics, Trethewey matches states of mind with states of nature and rigorously distills fact and feeling into loaded phrases and philosophical metaphors as she tells the terrible story of the Native Guard. Newly freed from slavery, the men were mustered in 1862 in Louisiana to become the first Union army regiment of black soldiers. But the courageous black troops who fell in combat were left unburied, and the black soldiers who continued fighting with valor and conviction were fired upon by their white comrades. Moving from grim historical events to personal history, Trethewey tells the story of a white man and a black woman who marry, even though their union is illegal in their home state of Mississippi. There a daughter is born, a poet in the making, profoundly attuned to the tragedies of racial strife. Donna Seaman
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I'm a huge fan of Trethewey . . . and this collection did not disappoint. Her use of metaphor mixed with personal life and history as well as broader his-story speaks to my... Read morePublished 18 days ago by anita
I have read all four of Tretheway's books of poetry since I started reading her in graduate school ten years ago. Read morePublished 26 days ago by C. D. Varn
I read "thrall" first and could not imagine another of N Threthewey's collection s being finer. There is no comparison. Each stands on its own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mary-faith marriott
Very moving. I could not put it down until I had finished it. I am also planning to reread it, something I don't remember ever doing.Published 5 months ago by Irkutsk
I came to this collection after reading the wonderful poem "Myth" which appears within. I was surprised and disappointed to find it was one of the only stand out poems. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Naomi F
A Christmas ('14) gift from my son (when he asked, I said, "Oh, something from the later poet laureates), this book of poems and this poet were complete strangers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Laster
The author is of mixed race. Her parents had to leave Mississippi in order to legally marry. Although her body of work is greater, the author in this book tells something of her... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James C. Casterline
I love the book but am very disappointed in Amazon. The included audio will not play with their app on my Android phone, tablet or PC. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer