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In 1806 twelve-year-old Hannah embroiders the sampler of the long title poem. As the seasons pass, she works through her grief in the language of embroidery; for among the births and deaths recorded in Hannah's stitches are those of her little brother Nathan. *American Sampler* is about vanishing worlds and the struggle of memory, craft and imagination to hold fragments of the past and turn them into fresh, breathing moments. Jane Duran's childhood memories of rural New England, its landscapes, weather and light, permeate many of the poems. A beaded moccasin, a folk painting, a letter from a Union soldier, a Tappan chair: art, artefact and archive inform and illuminate these sympathetic glimpses into an America long past.
Jane Duran was born in Cuba and brought up in the United States and Chile. Her first collection Breathe Now, Breathe (1995) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Enitharmon also published Silences from the Spanish Civil War in 2002, and her subsequent collections Coastal (2005) and Graceline (2010) each received a PBS Recommendation. Together with Gloria Garcia Lorca, she translated Federico Garcia Lorca's Gypsy Ballads (2011). She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2005.
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