Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché
Detroit, Michigan
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Biography
Carolyn Forché is an American poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate.

Life

Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 28, 1950, to Michael Joseph and Louise Nada Blackford Sidlosky. Forché earned a B.A. in International Relations at Michigan State University in 1972, and MFA at Bowling Green State University in 1975. S ...
Popular Poems
1.
The Colonel
What you have heard is true. I was in his house.
His wife carried a tray of coffee and sugar. His
daughter filed her nails, his son went out for the
night. There were daily papers, pet dogs, a pistol
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2.
The Garden Shukkei-En
By way of a vanished bridge we cross this river
as a cloud of lifted snow would ascend a mountain.

She has always been afraid to come here.
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3.
Poem For Maya
Dipping our bread in oil tins
we talked of morning peeling
open our rooms to a moment
of almonds, olives and wind
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4.
The Testimony Of Light
Our life is a fire dampened, or a fire shut up in stone.
--Jacob Boehme, De Incarnatione Verbi

Outside everything visible and invisible a blazing maple.
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5.
The Visitor
In Spanish he whispers there is no time left.
It is the sound of scythes arcing in wheat,
the ache of some field song in Salvador.
The wind along the prison, cautious
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nelsonop1yahoo.com 10 January 2021
thank you for such an amazing book WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE. I Iived in Guatemala at the same time and visited El Salvador. Your descriptions bring back loads of emotions
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nelson pereira 10 January 2021
Just finished listening to WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE. What an amazin g book with so mckuh relaism I lived in Guatemala at the same time and only visited El Salvado
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Richard Ponsonby 27 February 2020
This lady has a great facility with words, and I enjoy reading her work.
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Bob Mitchell 17 January 2014
OMG! ! ! Talk about fun with Ferlinghetti, I just read The History of the Airplane. I really love that guy! RWM
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Bob Mitchell 17 January 2014
Today, on a search for Maggie and Millie and Mollie and May by e.e.cummings I found these 500 poets with God knows how many poems? First stop, Omar Khayyam, never read The Rubaiyat before. Then, by random chance, I read all eight of the poems gathered here. They are on the dark side but bursting with meaning. Poem for Maya is my fave. Next I'm going for some Ferlinghetti and then who knows. I'm like a butterfly today... in search of a bit of sweetness and light. RWM
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Sayeed Abubakar 10 May 2012
Having gone through your poems, I have understood that you are a real poet. I am a poet of Bangla language. I have 7 books of poetry here which have been popular. I have also a literary magazine named Bangla Literature. Can we exchange our views on poetry and become friends? e-mail: sayeed_jh@yahoo.com
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Andrew Fincham 25 October 2006
There is a fierce love which builds and binds these poems, such as comes from the heart of a natural poet sharing truths they have seen. This is what poetry is for.
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