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Thrall : poems / Natasha Trethewey.

By: Trethewey, Natasha D, 1966-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012Description: 84 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780547571607; 0547571607.Subject(s): American poetry -- 21st century
Contents:
Miracle of the black leg -- On captivity -- Taxonomy. De Español y de India produce mestiso ; De Español y Negra produce mulato ; De Español y mestiza produce castiza ; The book of castas -- Kitchen maid with Supper at Emmaus, or, The mulata -- Knowledge -- The Americans. Dr. Samuel Adolphus Cartwright on dissecting the white Negro, 1851 ; Blood ; Help, 1968 -- Mano Prieta -- De Español y negra; mulata -- Mythology. Nostos ; Questions posed by the dream ; Siren -- Geography -- Torna atrás -- Bird in the house -- Artifact -- Fouled -- Rotation -- Thrall -- Calling -- Enlightenment -- How the past comes back -- On happiness -- Vespertina cognitio -- Illumination.
Summary: By unflinchingly charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces-across time and space-that determine the roles consigned to a mixed-race daughter and her white father. In a vivid series of poems about interracial marriage depicted in the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, Trethewey investigates the philosophical assumptions that underpin Enlightenment notions of taxonomy and classification, exposing the way they encode ideas of race within our collective imagination. While tropes about captivity, bondage, inheritance, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey, by reflecting on a series of small estrangements from her poet father, comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.
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Miracle of the black leg -- On captivity -- Taxonomy. De Español y de India produce mestiso ; De Español y Negra produce mulato ; De Español y mestiza produce castiza ; The book of castas -- Kitchen maid with Supper at Emmaus, or, The mulata -- Knowledge -- The Americans. Dr. Samuel Adolphus Cartwright on dissecting the white Negro, 1851 ; Blood ; Help, 1968 -- Mano Prieta -- De Español y negra; mulata -- Mythology. Nostos ; Questions posed by the dream ; Siren -- Geography -- Torna atrás -- Bird in the house -- Artifact -- Fouled -- Rotation -- Thrall -- Calling -- Enlightenment -- How the past comes back -- On happiness -- Vespertina cognitio -- Illumination.

By unflinchingly charting the intersections of public and personal history, Thrall explores the historical, cultural, and social forces-across time and space-that determine the roles consigned to a mixed-race daughter and her white father. In a vivid series of poems about interracial marriage depicted in the Casta Paintings of Colonial Mexico, Trethewey investigates the philosophical assumptions that underpin Enlightenment notions of taxonomy and classification, exposing the way they encode ideas of race within our collective imagination. While tropes about captivity, bondage, inheritance, and enthrallment permeate the collection, Trethewey, by reflecting on a series of small estrangements from her poet father, comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

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Library Journal Review

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize (for Native Ground) and current U.S. poet laureate, Trethewey again places racial identity at the conceptual center of her finely crafted verse, in particular the depiction of mixed-race peoples as filtered through the lens of her own biracial heritage and the passing of her father, from whom she had long been estranged ("a history that links us-white, father, black daughter/-even as it renders us other to each other"). A number of ekphrastic poems deconstruct centuries-old artworks-"miracle transplant" paintings in which black donors sacrifice limbs for white recipients ("a body in service, plundered"), the Casta paintings of colonial Mexico, even a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, "rendered two-toned.as if the artist meant to contrast/his bright knowledge, its dark subtext"-as Trethewey's acute understanding of how "the past holds us captive" leads to insightful and often moving interactions between public and private histories. VERDICT Though several elegies for her father are unremarkable, the lion's share of Thrall conveys a wise and revelatory urgency appropriate to one of the vital social concerns of our time. Recommended for most collections.-Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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NATASHA TRETHEWEY, two term U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and 2017 Heinz Award recipient, has written four collections of poetry and one book of nonfiction. An American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow, she is currently Board of Trustees professor of English at Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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