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In this mosaic of sonnets, Ellen Bryant Voigt takes on a monumental challenge: to conjure up the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, a harrowing but little-recorded event in history. Over twenty-five million lives were lost worldwide, half a million in the United States alone.
Focusing first on a family and then branching out, Voigt includes the voices of a soldier writing home, his schoolteacher fiancee, orphaned children, bereft husbands and wives. As seasons pass, the separate voices accumulate into one vast, almost Biblical story: the report of a community in the grip of mounting, untreatable contagion. "How we survived: we locked the doors / and let nobody in." Kyrie is a tour de force of imagination grounded in history, with overtones for our own time of plague.
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[M]ajestic. . . . Voigt inhabits, rather than simply 'tells, ' the story of this great, but largely neglected epilogue to the Great War.About the Author:
Ellen Bryant Voigt currently teaches in the Warren Wilson College M.F.A. Program for Writers.
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0393037967
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0393037967