Carolyn Forché Poems

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Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Forché is an American poet, editor, and human rights advocate. 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 and creative writing at Michigan State University in 1972. After graduate study at Bowling Green State University in 1975, she taught at a number of universities, including the University of Arkansas, Vassar College, Columbia University, and in the Master of Fine Arts program at George Mason University. She now teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Harry Mattison, a photographer, and their son, Sean-Christophe Mattison, who is a filmmaker.

the memory of elena
We spend our morning
for this particular silence.
the death of the bird
For every bird there is this last migration;
Once more the cooling year kindles her heart;... [read poem]
ode on the death of pius the twelfth
To every season its proper act of joy,
To every age its natural mode of grace,
Each vision... [read poem]
as well as they can
As well as it can, the hooked fish while it dies,
Gasping for life, threshing in terror and pai... [read poem]
the invaders
Coming by night, furtively, one by one
They infiltrate according to the Plan,
Their orders... [read poem]
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