"There is no other way to say this."
The Colonel by Carolyn Forché : The Poetry Foundation [poem]
Here’s the poet I was re-reading last night, Carolyn Forche. This link and quote are from one of Forche’s more renown work. Click through to read the poem in its entirety or listen to Forche herself reading it. Do it.
I love this poem’s simplicity and details. I love the way that it vividly evokes violence and oppression of a people without sensationalizing. I like the way that control is portrayed here. The Colonel controls the people, his family, and our speaker. The Colonel’s lavish home is a clear demarcation of the controller and the controlled.