Hallow This Ground

Paperback | February 1, 2016

byColin Rafferty

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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.

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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...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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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

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"Thoughtful and insightful, Rafferty deftly and playfully weaves cultural and personal narrative into a book that is not just enlightening, but a pure pleasure to read. Colin Rafferty is an excellent guide down the rabbit hole and into this wonderland of physical objects our culture has built to help us remember both disaster and heroism." -Sheryl St. Germain, author of Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Song ofDespair