Carolyn Forché is one of America’s most important contemporary poets. Her first book, Gathering the Tribes, won the Yale Younger Poets Award. Her second, The Country Between Us, won the Lamont Poetry Award, and sold over 70,000 copies in America, where its harrowing depiction of the reign of terror in El Salvador by the US-backed military régime was particularly telling. It was published in Britain by Jonathan Cape in 1983. Carolyn Forché has also translated the poetry of Claribel Alegría and recently edited the anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness for Norton.