by Carolyn Forché
The Colonel Resources
Who might these enemies of war be? Spoiler alert: not the ones funding it. This PBS website gives a brief overview of the conflict in El Salvador during the 1980s.
Want to learn more about this extraordinary poet? Check out this biography.
Let your own ears come alive to the poet's voice. A few months before the Peace Accords were signed, Forché reads her most famous poem. Listen for what she skates over, what she emphasizes.
Not for the squeamish, John Hoagland shuffles shots of the stuff mentioned in the poem with graphic shots of the Salvadoran civil war.
Witness for yourself Carolyn Forché in an interview on political poetry and the work of anthologizing poetry of witness.
Can't swing the airfare to El Salvador? You can feel as if you're almost there with this incredibly informative 1985 documentary following four American filmmakers capturing stories of Salvadoran insurgents.
This may be a little dry for you Shmoopers, but if you want to be an authority on the subject, you need to consult the authorities. Associate Professor of History Virginia Burnett is such an authority.
If your imagination fails you, these 30 photographers provide an intimate view of the Salvadoran Civil War.
Maybe all conflicts are easier to see in black and white, as in these photos of the war in El Salvador from a former show at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.
A collection of over 140 poets, this book is an anthology of political poetry from across the globe.
Movies & TV
A bit hard to find, this 15-minute short dramatizes the poem.