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Century Worm
Todd Fredson

Publication date: April 10, 2018


Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2018 • 98 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry of Place

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-53-7



Century Worm wrestles with the threshold between witness and participation living amid ethnic and political violence in West Africa’s Ivory Coast

Century Worm confronts the impact of Western colonial policies and the sundering of nostalgia as the collection’s speaker recalls living amid ethnic and political violence in West Africa’s Ivory Coast. Drawing on human rights reports and personal experience, Century Worm wrestles with the ethical complexities of the lyric speaker at that threshold between witness and participation. Century Worm’s concern with the contours of belonging, with intimate relationship across distances, and with negotiating globalized subject positions align it with the work of Fady Joudah and Idra Novey. Its documentarian aspects find kinship in the recent poetry of Craig Santos Perez, Layli Long-Soldier, and Solmaz Sharif.



TODD FREDSON is also the author of the poetry collection The Crucifix-Blocks. He is a translator of Francophone West African literature, including the poetry collections by Josué Guébo, Think of Lampedusa, and My country, tonight. Fredson was a 2015-16 Fulbright Scholar in the Ivory Coast, where he had also served in the Peace Corps from 2000-2002 as the country’s ethnic violence was transitioning to civil war. He lives in Phoenix Arizona.

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