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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, reads at UNCA Feb 23

 

            “No names carved for the Native Guards,” Trethewey muses in her poem, “Elegy for the Native Guards.”   She’s thinking about the African American soldiers who had held the Federal fort and POW prison on Ship Island, off the coast of Gulfport. Miss., during the Civil War.  A plaque at the site commemorates the Confederate prisoners who had died there, but not the Union soldiers killed by disease.

            Trethewey was born in Gulfport.  Her three collections of poetry—“Domestic Work” (Graywolf, 2000), “Bellocq's Ophelia” (Graywolf, 2002); and “Native Guard” (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)—speak for the lives of unrecognized Gulf coast people.

            She is currently a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

            In addition to memorial poems, “Native Guard,” 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winner for poetry, explores the murder of her African American mother by her stepfather, after Trethewey’s mother had divorced Natasha’s father, a white man.

            Trethewey has also penned the non-fiction work, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (Georgia, 2010).  Her fourth book of poems, “Thrall,” is due out this fall.

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