Hallow This Ground

Hallow This Ground

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Beginning outside the boarded-up windows of Columbine High School and ending almost twelve years later on the fields of Shiloh National Military Park, Hallow This Ground revolves around monuments and memorials-physical structures that mark the intersection of time and place. In the ways they invite us to interact with them, these sites teach us to recognize our ties to the past. Colin Rafferty explores places as familiar as his hometown of Kansas City and as alien as the concentration camps of Poland in an attempt to understand not only our common histories, but also his own past, present, and future. Rafferty blends the travel essay with the lyric, the memoir with the analytic, in this meditation on the ways personal histories intersect with History, and how those intersections affect the way we understand and interact with Place.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 13.21mm | 505g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Break Away Book Club ed.
  • 0253019079
  • 9780253019073

Review quote

In this riveting debut collection of lyric essays . . . the author delves deep into the heart of past atrocities while probing the motivations of the living to memorialize, and he comes to some provocative conclusions. . . . Though fixed on what remains of some of history's darkest moments, Rafferty's essays, both gripping and wonderfully reflective, illuminate. * Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) *show more

About Colin Rafferty

Colin Rafferty teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington. His website is colinrafferty.com.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAfterwards: an IntroductionA for AbsenceSurfacingA for AncestryThe PathA for AnswersNotes Towards Building the MemorialA for AnatomyBystanders: The Yellow FlowersVictims: The End of the WorldPerpetrators: Undrawn LinesA for AcheThe Definite ArticleA for Accident This Day In HistoryDoorsA for AccumulationWhat I Was Doing TherePhantoms (a Correspondence)Reflecting Mirror: Orlando, the Day AfterHallow This GroundAftermath: a ConclusionNotesshow more

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