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"An undisputed literary event." (NPR)

"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.” (Hilton Als, The New Yorker)

Over four decades, Carolyn Forché's visionary work has reinvigorated poetry's power to awaken the reader. Her groundbreaking poems have been testimonies, inquiries, and wonderments. They daringly map a territory where poetry asserts our inexhaustible responsibility to each other.

Her first new collection in 17 years, In the Lateness of the World is a tenebrous book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders but also between the present and the past, life and death. The world here seems to be steadily vanishing, but in the moments before the uncertain end, an illumination arrives and "there is nothing that cannot be seen". In the Lateness of the World is a revelation from one of the finest poets writing today.

©2020 Carolyn Forché (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An undisputed literary event." (Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR)

"Throughout her career, Forché has forged poems of witness, and she does so here with beauty and lyricism." (Library Journal)

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You don’t want her to stop.

Beautiful moments followed by horrific memories. I’m always amazed at how poets can take the simplest observations as launchpads into worlds of memory of wonder and even pain. She does this so well. Reading these lines make me want to know more about the life she led. Four stars. Great!

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