Monday, August 16, 2010

Letter Home


Classified as poetry, Natasha Tretheway's "Letter Home" blurs the lines of genre. The narrative is an authentic bit of history that dates back to 1910. It tells the story of a young black woman who travels to the big city of New Orleans, seeking opportunities, but experiencing daily frustration and dwindling finances. In an era of extreme racism -- of closed doors -- she is trying to pass as white, but wonders who she is actually fooling.