Carolyn Forché

(28 April, 1950 - / Detroit, Michigan)

The Colonel


What you have heard is true. I was in his house.
His wife carried a tray of coffee and sugar. His
daughter filed her nails, his son went out for the
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  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (6/4/2014 7:52:00 PM)

    .............a very good start for a short story....now we just need to find out why the main characters are there having dinner with a bad guy.....and why hasn't the police locked this man up.... and thrown away the key.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 474 Points Michelle Claus (4/13/2014 10:09:00 PM)

    I felt compelled to read this in is entirety. It wouldn't release me. It's an odd work... haunting. I still have questions. This poem's relentless subject-verb sentences work somehow. I'm not sure how I feel.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 864 Points Liliana ~el (4/13/2014 5:58:00 PM)

    So intense. Really deep and evoking. Putting out the story with simple, full description. Sticks (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 961 Points Eugene Levich (4/13/2014 5:55:00 PM)

    Wow! If poetry is supposed to affect one's emotions- then this poem certainly hits the mark dead on. Brava! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos R. (4/14/2012 3:48:00 AM)

    Simply stunning! I could never have possibly imagined this sort of behavior from Col. Harland David Sanders, but there we have it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carlos R. (4/14/2012 3:42:00 AM)

    Stunning... I could never possibly have imagined such behavior from Col. Sanders. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Padma Devkota (4/14/2012 12:18:00 AM)

    I find this poem quite similar to Dead Soldiers by James Fenton. Not as powerful, not quite historically located, but with a quiet and unassuming beginning that ends with a grabbing loudness of tone. Decadence attracts like crime and violence on news. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 35 Points Jan Hauck (4/13/2012 6:42:00 AM)

    I agree with the powerful message, however, the form is puzzling to me. It is almost prose, almost like a short story or the start of one. I often think that certain boundaries can be beneficial for a poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Fincham (10/25/2006 5:08:00 AM)

    This holds so much power within in, which refuses to be contained.
    I admire this very much. (Report) Reply

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