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The Country Between Us Hardcover – March 1, 1982

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"Here is a poetry of courage and passion, which manages to be tender and achingly sensual and what is often called 'political' at the same time. This is a major new voice." -- Margaret Atwood

"Forché's subject, El Salvador is one that could have been easily sentimentalized or sensationalized by a lesser poet. And yet it is spoken of here with honesty and tenderness, even amid its tortures. For these poems are not 'made up' at all, but come from the complexity and more of human experience." -- Larry Levis

"Here's a poet who doing what I want to do, what I want to see all of us poets doing in this time without any close parallels or precedents in history: she is creating poems in which there is no seam between personal and political, lyrical and engaged. And she's doing it magnificently, with intelligence and musicality, with passion and precision." -- Denise Levertov

"I don not know another poet writing English today whose work has the force and drama of Carolyn Forché's. I do not know one whose work is more steadily absorbing." -- Irvin Ehrenpreis

"Latin America needs a poet to replace the man who represented in his writings the beauty, suffering, fears and dreams of this continent: Pablo Neruda, Carolyn Forché is that voice." -- Jacobo Timerman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Carolyn Forché is the author of Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award; The Country Between Us, which received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of America; and The Angel of History, awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Centuly Poetry of Witness. Recently she was presented with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm. She lives in Maryland with her husband and son.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row (March 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060149558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060149550
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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Forché's poems of El Salvador in the late '70s/early '80s, in the first half of this book, could as well be written about Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Chechnya, or any of another dozen places that are sites of contemporary atrocity. And the U.S.: where all of us, so many of us good people, yes, good people, live on the uppermost levels of a structure of corruption and shame, which we fail, in our stubborn blindness, to recognize: "...I go mad, for example, / in the Safeway, at the many heads / of lettuce, papayas and sugar, pineapples / and coffee, especially the coffee" ("Return," 19). Forché's purpose is not to give us the guilts, nor to turn us into evolutionaries, nor to congratulate herself as someone who is "aware," but to bring witness of objective conditions of evil in which we, as American citizens and consumers, participate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on the other hand on February 19, 2015
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Its virtue is to place a human face on our Mayan neighbors. Ms. Forche is a kind, sensitive, and observant, but not in the highest rank of writers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Brown on August 6, 2015
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Yes, Carolyn Forche's poetry is perfection. I have two personal copies of this book. I purchased this to give as a gift. My friend is a poet and retired teacher. This book was given in celebration of her birthday.

Forche's poetry reaches deep into the soul of the reader. It is not always pretty. It is always powerful and, ultimately, life affirming. I recommend her work highly.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By edward j. santella on March 28, 2001
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Stunning, deep, beautiful and nerve wracking. I've carried this book with me for weeks now, rereading poems and trying to memorize parts of them. There aren't enough stars in the sky to rate this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. A Carty on June 24, 2007
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I finished Carolyn Forche's The Country Between Us which was simply amazing. I wish I had better words to describe her skill. Her poems are about reluctant revolutionary tendencies, interspersed with love/sex and seeking. There is probably a great deal I could say her about the strength of her work, but it just has to be read to be completely felt. If nothing else find the poem _The Colonel_ as an example of her ability to speak in a new way. One of my favorite books of poems this year.
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By GeekGrlz on February 1, 2013
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This writer and this book was recommended to me. I'm not much of a poetry reader. Harsh subject matter, eloquent writing making the imagery all the more painful.
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This is a book and poet that I have with me always. Highly recommended. I particularly like "Ourselves or Nothing" and the reference to Anna Akhmatova.
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