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Poems & Commentary on El Salvador

Program #CULT028. Recorded in Boulder, CO on November 22, 1985.

This is one of the most powerful and moving poetry readings you’ll ever hear. Carolyn Forche, with a great voice and sense of timing, begins with a poem about growing up in rural Michigan. She travels from San Diego to Spain and then recites poems and commentary from her time in El Salvador including The Visitor and the harrowing The Colonel, perhaps her most famous poem. Hosted by Barbara Traudt. Produced by David Barsamian.



Carolyn Forche

Carolyn Forché is an American poet, editor and human rights advocate. Among her many books are: Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us and Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. Her memoir is The Horse on Our Balcony. She is a noted translator with books published on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Claribel Alegria. She has taught at major universities and colleges all over the U.S.

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