We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
- William Faulkner
We Are Objects in a Wind that is Stopped
I know that it has been forever since I have written. I know that I am at fault. I apologize. I am…
There Is Nothing Heavier than Compassion
Jeeves: Oh… Sir, I see you are back.
Me: GOOD GOD, JEEVES! WHERE ARE YOUR CLOTHES!
Jeeves: Ah, of…
In Memory of Fred Hampton (my simple and daily and nightly self-determination)
Jeeves: Good morning, sir.
Me: GUARDS! GUARDS! OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
Jeeves: You do not have any…
—Carolyn Forché, Poetry, March 2011
Forché has won a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, which includes a stipend of $25,000. Past recipients include E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound and J.D. McClatchy.