In Native Guard Natasha Trethewey, 2012-2013 Poet Laureate, takes us through the conjoined time-frames of her troubled Childhood, her parent’s distressed relationship, and the Civil War. As always Trethewey’s masterful attention to line, image, and form guide this three part collection. Each poem circles the landscape of the South and Mississippi Gulf Coast. This Pulitzer Prize winning collection tackles the historical trials of Trethewey’s mixed birth, the confederate nostalgia of an idealized slave south, and the plight of Black soldiers forgotten on both sides of the war. Native Guard is possibly one of the best contemporary collections of Civil War Poems. #RequiredReading- Christopher G.