The White Year
by Vona Groarke • from X • The Gallery Press
Vona Groarke's collections published by The Gallery Press include Flight (2002, winner of the Michael Hartnett Award), Juniper Street (2006), and Spindrift (2009, a PBS recommendation).
"Groarke’s book inhabits the empty space it describes in a way that feels new in Irish writing: the poems tell a story of reclaimed and recovered spaces, albeit haunted by memory." (John McAuliffe)
"'I call. You're stone. / One day you'll look and find I'm gone.' The teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan's thirty-four provinces since the U.S. invasion began on October 7, 2001. Muska, like many young and rural Afghan women, wasn't allowed to leave her home. Fearing that she'd be kidnapped or raped by warlords, her father pulled her out of school after the fifth grade. In her community, as in others, educating girls was seen as dishonorable as well as dangerous. Poetry, which she learned at home from women and on the radio, became her only continuing education."
—Eliza Griswold MORE
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David L. Ulin on a new edition of James Baldwin's Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems.
Sameer Rahim talks with Hugo Williams, whose most recent collection is I Knew the Bride.
Claudia Rankine honored with Jackson Poetry Prize.
Carol Rumens introduces Michael Schmidt's "Present Tense."
Hannah Sanghee Park honored with Walt Whitman Award.
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