Natasha Trethewey Poems

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1.
Letter Home

- New Orleans, November 1910

Four weeks have passed since I left, and still
I must write to you of no work. I've worn down
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2.
Domestic Work, 1937

All week she's cleaned
someone else's house,
stared down her own face
in the shine of copper--
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3.
Flounder

Here, she said, put this on your head.
She handed me a hat.
you 'bout as white as your dad,
and you gone stay like that.
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4.
Theories Of Time And Space

You can get there from here, though
there's no going home.
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5.
Vespertina Cognitio

Overhead, pelicans glide in threes—
their shadows across the sand
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6.
Pilgrimage

Here, the Mississippi carved its mud-dark path,
a graveyard for skeletons of sunken riverboats.
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7.
Providence

What's left is footage:
the hours before Camille,
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8.
Incident

We tell the story every year—
how we peered from the windows, shades drawn—
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9.
History Lesson

I am four in this photograph, standing
on a wide strip of Mississippi beach,
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10.
Myth

I was asleep while you were dying.
It's as if you slipped through some rift, a hollow
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