Deaf Republic

Deaf Republic

Poems

Book - 2019
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Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781555978310 (paperback)
1555978312 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: 811.6 KAM
Characteristics: 76 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Jul 06, 2019

"At the trial of God, we will ask: why did you allow this?"
I don't read a lot of poetry but this collection by Russian-American author Ilya Kaminsky is a stunning work. It's a poem cycle about war and so has a timeliness and political dimension that is often missing from contemporary poetry.

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