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The History of Anonymity (VQR Poetry)

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Publisher Comments:

This debut collection of vivid, lyrical poems explores the emotional landscape of childhood without confession and without straightforward narrative. Chang sweeps together myth and fairy tale, skirting the edges of events to focus on the psychological tenor of experience: the underpinnings of identity and the role of nature in both constructing and erasing a self. From the edge of the ocean, where things constantly shift and dissolve, through "the forest's thick, / where the trees meet the dark," to an imaginary cliffside town of fog, this book makes a journey both natural and psychological, using experiments in language and form to capture the search for personhood and place.

Review:

"In the face of helplessness, the speaker of Chang's intense poems seeks to harness the power of nature: the mysterious force of the ocean and its often sinister inhabitants, as well as birds, which perhaps Chang overuses. She is at her best and boldest in raw poems such as 'Innocence Essay,' which revisits the terror and desperation felt by an abused child. It's at the center of the book's haunting second section — following the extended title poem that opens the book — in which, with the nighttime forest as a backdrop, Chang ponders just how alive nature really is: 'every puddle rivers with desire.' If nature is no less complex than humanity, it is perhaps less willful in its brutality, which is a small consolation. The final section continues the narrative of the victimized child, her sister, and her mother, with frankness and a refreshing lack of melodrama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Jennifer Chang's poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, New Republic, Boston Review, and other publications. She cochairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization that promotes Asian American poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820331164
Author:
Chang, Jennifer
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The VQR Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.61x5.44x.28 in. .31 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the face of helplessness, the speaker of Chang's intense poems seeks to harness the power of nature: the mysterious force of the ocean and its often sinister inhabitants, as well as birds, which perhaps Chang overuses. She is at her best and boldest in raw poems such as 'Innocence Essay,' which revisits the terror and desperation felt by an abused child. It's at the center of the book's haunting second section — following the extended title poem that opens the book — in which, with the nighttime forest as a backdrop, Chang ponders just how alive nature really is: 'every puddle rivers with desire.' If nature is no less complex than humanity, it is perhaps less willful in its brutality, which is a small consolation. The final section continues the narrative of the victimized child, her sister, and her mother, with frankness and a refreshing lack of melodrama." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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