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Verse Wisconsin reviews Historic Diary

Historic Diary by Tony Trigilio, 
BlazeVOX Books, 2011. $16

Reviewed by Margaret Rozga


Each November 22nd, the nation still pauses, remembers, and listens again to facts about the 1963 assassination in Dallas, Texas, of President John F. Kennedy. Each November, someone will recall where she was—in a school cafeteria, a grocery store, or at a neighbor’s—when she heard the news that so shocked the nation. This event and Jack Ruby’s subsequent shooting of presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald right in front of news cameras have thus become woven into the fabric of our collective experience. Multiple versions of the story have already been offered, digested, and accepted or discarded. Why then, one might ask, write poems about these assassinations?

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