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Red Army Red: Poems
by Jehanne Dubrow (Goodreads Author)
Displaying a sure sense of craft and a sharp facility for linking personal experience to the public realms of history and politics, Jehanne Dubrow’s Red Army Red chronicles the coming of age of a child of American diplomats in Eastern Europe in the 1980s. In the last moments of the Cold War, Poland—the setting for many of the poems—lurches fitfully from a society character ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Triquarterly
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Before I begin, I should admit to my biases. I like Jehanne Dubrow. She is a kind and intelligent person with a wonderfully irreverent sense of humor (that is very similar to mine) and I consider her a friend. But I am also a poet, and in this capacity, I have been following Jehanne’s work since the release of her first collection, The Hardship Post, in 2009. Each collection of hers is a poetic study, a project. String the poems together and you will see a loose narrative formed there in between ...more
Red Army Red by Jehanne Dubrow is a collection that is broken down into three, clear sections — Cold War, Velvet Revolution, and Laissez-Faire — with a preface section — Red Army Red — and one poem, “Chernobyl Year.” Dubrow’s narrator recalls the lives of American Diplomats in Communist-controlled Poland during the Cold War and pays homage to the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and the rebellion of youth before concluding in the commercialized freedom and excess of capitalism. Her poems are ...more
This book brought back so many memories of living in Poland. Although we were there at different times, I loved reading about her experiences there and how things changed and didn't. Some of the poems were so tantalizing I wished they could have been expanded--that I could have been let into the whole story.
Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern, 2012) and Stateside (Northwestern, 2010). Her second book, From the Fever-World, won the Washington Writers’ Poetry Competition (2009), and her first, The Hardship Post (2009), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award and was ...moreMore about Jehanne Dubrow...