Tuesday, October 02, 2012

News at Eleven: In [Natasha] Trethewey's vision of her father,

he holds this same power over her family, to convincingly misrepresent the women he loves to themselves and to others.

She concludes:

And you might see why, to understand
my father, I look again and again at this painting: how it is
that a man could love--and so diminish what he loves.

Trethewey's pursuit of images of mixed race has the compelling anxiety of obsession; she returns again and again to similar scenes: fathers admiring or looking away from darker-skinned daughters.

from The Plain Dealer: Natasha Trethewey's poetry collection 'Thrall' looks at the mixed-race experience


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