True Stories (poetry collection)

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First edition (publ. OUP)

True Stories is a collection of poetry by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1981. The collection is dedicated to poet Carolyn Forché with whom Atwood had discussed her trip to El Salvador as a member of Amnesty International, and the poems both directly and indirectly discuss her views regarding human rights in third-world nations.[1]

The poems of True Stories confront the nature of poetry, question whether they may be conventionally defined as poetry. They diverge from the themes established in her previous poetry; they explore themes of atrocity, of war and torture. Ultimately, they confront whether “poems come from such horrors?”.[2]


  1. ^ Cooke, Natalie. Margaret Atwood. Greenwood Publishing Group (2004) p.6
  2. ^ Montagnes, Anne. "Atwood moves to epic substance, as maturing culture moves from the lyric True Stories". The Globe and Mail02-14-1981. E.15

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