Native Guard

Native Guard

Book - 2007
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Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey's resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618872657
0618872655
Branch Call Number: 811.6 TRE NVD
Characteristics: 51 p. ; 22 cm

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StephenFoster
May 17, 2018

This book of poetry speaks to the past and the present, treating these as highly connected and certainly still present. Growing up in MIssissippi and born to a mixed-race couple, she is acutely aware of slavery and its lingering effects. Some of the poems,
especially as her collection begins, show and share her grieving for her then recently deceased Mother. These are tender and compassionate portraits of her mother.
The title " Native Guard" opens the poems to the past, as Tretheway explores the civil war
and its effects on her native Mississippi. Highly recommended.

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patcarstensen
Mar 29, 2018

She takes the tangles of the past without straightening them to make something new.

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