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The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory
Rae Paris began writing The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and defiance. The desire to do this work came from being a child of parents born and raised in New Orleans during segregation, who ultimately left for California in the late 1950s. After the death of her father in 2011, the fiction Paris had ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by Wayne State University Press
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This is a lyrical, harrowing memoir that explores personal grief and communal trauma. In poems and prose, Paris takes us with her on plantation tours, drawing our attention to what is and isn't said. At the same time, she grapples with her father's death. Throughout, she explores memory and forgetting, "imagining a different future for our Black lives, our Black bodies, in a world whose daily operation depends on its shameless refusal to own its past and present role in our current and future te ...more
I think it’s appropriate I finished The Forgetting Tree on MLK Day. This book was so good and it made me think about the history of racism and how we as a society tend to erase the horrific parts of our past in favor of something easier to swallow instead of actually discussing the truth. And how the avoidance of that truth affects those who find it their reality every day. Rae, this book brings all of your lessons in class full circle. Thanks for bringing it into existence, especially during a ...more
this was a tough one to rate. I loved what she said I did not like how she wrote. Poems were good, the prose portions not my fav. I think maybe this book is captured emotions and thoughts and I do not have the life experiences that enable me to fully connect. The information about the actual Forgetting Tree made the book worth reading, and sparked a conversation in our home. This book made me think and I would suggest it.