What You Have Heard Is True - Pages 163- 211 Summary & Analysis

Carolyn Forché
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Leonel drives towards the barrio La Fosa, where they have scheduled a meeting with Salvadoran poets. Though the poets have been told that Carolyn is sick, they still go to meet with her. They thank her for coming, and hand her an issue of their journal. They ask her to translate them under pseudonyms. Carolyn agrees. This section ends with Carolyn’s reflection, “The woman who went into the prison in Ahuachapán left herself behind in a barrio called La Fosa, the grave” (164).

Later, Leonel tells Carolyn that the Salvadoran army is now suspicious of her. They think that Carolyn’s poetry fellowship is a front for her involvement with the U.S. government. Leonel explains that Carolyn has influence now, and that they may even be able to “convince them that this human rights policy is serious” (167). Leonel then takes Carolyn...

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