"Blue Hour is an elusive book, because it is ever in pursuit of what the German poet Novalis called 'the [lost] presence beyond appearance.' The longest poem, 'On Earth,' is a transcription of mind passing from life into death, in the form of an abecedary, modeled on ancient gnostic hymns. Other poems in the book, especially 'Nocturne' and 'Blue Hour,' are lyric recoveries of the act of remembering, though the objects of memory seem to us vivid and irretrievable, the rage to summon and cling at once fierce and distracted.
"The voice we hear in Blue Hour is a voice both very young and very old. It belongs to someone who has seen everything and who strives imperfectly, desperately, to be equal to what she has seen. The hunger to know is matched here by a desire to be new, totally without cynicism, open to the shocks of experience as if perpetually for the first time, though unillusioned, wise beyond any possible taint of a false or assumed innocence."
-- Robert Boyers
About the Author
Carolyn Forche is the author of Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award; The Country Between Us, which received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of America; and The Angel of History, awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She is also the editor of the anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Centuly Poetry of Witness. Recently she was presented with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm. She lives in Maryland with her husband and son.
“Unflinching witness and eloquent mourner.”
-The New Yorker
“An eerily beautiful, bruised and persuasive book.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A ferocious remembering in the face of death, in the face of life.”
-North American Review
“Resplendent and solemn … takes readers to similar state of limbo, someplace between the conscious and the intuited.”
“Like the scatter from a fireworks explosion, Forché‘s images float on the currents of the reader’s memory.”
-American Book Review
“Dense, lyrical, mysterious … a poetic journey no reader should miss.”