Gathering the Tribes
Carolyn Forche (Author)
DescriptionAn examination of kinship and uprootedness, Gathering the Tribes is the first volume of poetry by Carolyn Forche and the 71st volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets
The poems in Gathering the Tribes recount experiences from the author's adolescence and young-adult life, closely bound to the natural cycles of the seasons, of generations, of the body's functioning. Many deal with uprootedness-hasty emigrations from Czechoslovakia and Kiev, the loss of grandparents and other elders, people leaving and being sent away. But this poetry is not a sentimental celebration of the goodness of nature and harmony with the world is never something assumed. The harmony Forche seeks goes deeper than simple submission to natural processes or identification with an ethnic group, and it must be fought for with a tenuous faith. The balance that must be found between the ugliness, the harshness of her history-both natural and social-and its intense beauty, is what distinguishes Forche's poetry and gives it its depth and dimension.
Yale University Press
3 January 2020
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