Domestic Work by Natasha Trethewey

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In this debut collection, Natasha Trethewey draws moving domestic portraits of families, past and present, caught in the act of earning a living and managing their households. Small moments taken from a labor-filled day reveal the equally hard emotional work of memory and forgetting, the extraordinary difficulty of trying to live with or without someone.
 

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Natasha Trethewey is the author of two previously published collections, Belloq's Ophelia and Domestic Work. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, she was the recipient of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Grolier Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches creative writing at Emory University. Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner,Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Common and musician, lives in Charlottesville, where she is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. wealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
 
Published August 1, 2000 by Graywolf Press. 70 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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/ They walk the road toward home, / a week's worth of take-in laundry / balanced on their heads / lightly as church hats.

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Natasha Trethewey's Domestic Work, selected by Rita Dove for the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize, is a skillful evocation of the rhythms and patterns of work and a tender exploration of the bonds of family.

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