Activist, poet, editor and translator Carolyn Forché closes out the 21st season of Literary Witnesses by reading from “What You Have Heard Is True,” a devastatingly lyrical new memoir that explores her journey into human rights work in El Salvador. The work is beautiful, benefitting from Forché’s graceful poetics and her gift for storytelling.
Author Claudia Rankine says the book “marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.”
“True” also forces Americans to acknowledge the role our nation has played in human rights atrocities committed abroad. This is truly the poetry of witness.
Forché is a professor at Georgetown University and the author of four books of poetry: Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us and Gathering the Tribes. She lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison. She will read at Plymouth starting at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, in the Sanctuary.
Co-sponsored by Rain Taxi, the evening will conclude with a reception that includes sales by Birchbark Books and signing by the author.