Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022

- EDT
Dennis Nurkse and Carolyn Forche
Dennis Nurkse
Dennis Nurkse
A Country of Strangers
Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Forché
In the Lateness of the World

“An undisputed literary event,” NPR announced on the recent publication of Carolyn Forche’s new book In The Lateness of the World and Hilton of New Yorker summed up the import of this timely, prophetic book in this way: “History—with its construction and its destruction—is at the heart of In the Lateness of the World. . . . In [it] one feels the poet cresting a wave—a new wave that will crash onto new lands and unexplored territories.” 

What a joy to have this overview of D. Nurske’s marvelous poems, Ilya Kaminsky writes about A Country of Strangers. He is a master of  the lyric mode, one in whose hands the lines come immediately alive, magic breathes, nuance shimmers and becomes the world all its own. Doors open into the unknown and we see that it is strangely familiar because strangeness is, in fact, our first language, one we mouthed before words. Welcome to A Country of Strangers, reader–don’t be surprised if by the time you finish this terrific book you might feel changed, and at home.”