Hallow This Ground by Colin RaffertyHallow This Ground by Colin Rafferty

Hallow This Ground

byColin Rafferty

Paperback | February 1, 2016

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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.

Colin Rafferty teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington. His website is colinrafferty.com.
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Title:Hallow This GroundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253019079

ISBN - 13:9780253019073

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Afterwards: an Introduction

A for Absence
Surfacing

A for Ancestry
The Path

A for Answers
Notes Towards Building the Memorial

A for Anatomy
Bystanders: The Yellow Flowers
Victims: The End of the World
Perpetrators: Undrawn Lines

A for Ache
The Definite Article


A for Accident
This Day In History
Doors

A for Accumulation
What I Was Doing There
Phantoms (a Correspondence)
Reflecting Mirror: Orlando, the Day After
Hallow This Ground

Aftermath: a Conclusion

Notes

Editorial Reviews

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.