Carolyn Forché’s “The Colonel”

Protest Against U.S. Involvement in the Salvadoran Civil War, Chicago, 1989
Protest Against U.S. Involvement in the Salvadoran Civil War, Chicago, 1989

Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan and is the author of five collections of poetry, including her first book, Gathering the Tribes, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 1976. Her second book, The Country Between Us, was also the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets. In 1993, Forché went on to publish the highly influential anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness. Her work has always been marked by a strong interest in politics and human rights issues throughout the world and is particularly focused on how our actions in the world affect our language.

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