The Colonel (Poem) Summary
Carolyn Forché

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The Colonel (Poem) Overview

“The Colonel” is a prose poem by American poet Carolyn Forche. It was originally published in 1981 in her book The Country Between Us. The poem describes an experience in which the speaker is having dinner with a member of the military in his home in El Salvador. As the poem progress, the speaker awakens to the terrors and the horrors of war.

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