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Bellocq's Ophelia


Selected as a "2003 Notable Book" by the American Library Association In the early 1900s, E.J. Bellocq photographed prostitutes in the red-light district of New Orleans. His remarkable, candid photos inspired Natasha Trethewey to imagine the life of Ophelia, the subject of Bellocq's Ophelia , her stunning second collection of poems. With elegant precision, Ophelia tells of her life on display: her white father whose approval she earns by standing very still; the brothel Madame who tells her to act like a statue while the ...

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Bellocq's Ophelia
2002, Graywolf Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781555973599

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