Book Description from Back CoverIn this dazzling collection, full of wit and energy, Marilyn Chin defines her existence as a first-generation Asian-American woman, effectively straddling two cultures. Chin spins virtuoso jazz in her juxtaposition of the contemporary with images and metaphors from Chinese tales and classic poems, creating a poetry of self that is at once ancient and contemporary, Asian and Western.
Book Description from the Publisher's WebsiteIn the fifteen years since Milkweed Editionsí original publication of Marilyn Chinís second book, she has been widely recognized as a consummate poet of the hybrid experience, blending East and West, popular and high culture, and personal and political. Praised for its streetwise lyricism, this trailblazing volume captures a young immigrant womanís perspective as she encounters the nexus of tradition and commercialism in modern, diverse, and urban California.
Featuring a preface from the author addressing the effect of this publication and the development in her work since, this new edition of The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty reintroduces a modern classic to a new generation of readers.
Comments from Back Cover"I praise [her] poetry everywhere I go."
"This is poetry wrought from expansive intelligence in which the ironic or elegiac tone is not derived from mere cleverness or wit, but from the precise and genuine wisdom of the heart."
"These new poems combine sumptuous imagery and a startling, articulate intelligence to explore and record the horrifying as well as the satisfying, the seductive components of hyphenated (American) identity. Chin wrestles and she flies with both sides of her continuing history ... 'all that was lavished upon her / and all that was taken away.' I cannot imagine a more compelling manuscript or poems centered on the difficult gift of racial and cultural 'double consciousness.'"
"This is an extraordinary book. Marilyn Chin's poems excite and incite the imagination through their brilliant cultural interfacings, their theatre of anger, 'fierce and tender,' compassion, high mockery of wit. Reading her, our sense of the possibilities of poetry is opened further, and we feel again what an active, powerful art it can be."
Background on Marilyn Chin from the Publisher's WebsiteMarilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002), The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994), and Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfield Review Press, 1987). Chin has won numerous awards and fellowships for her poetry, including a Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan. She has read and taught workshops all over the world, translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing, and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu. She co-directs the MFA program at San Diego State University.
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