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Storytelling in Cambodiaby Willa Schneberg
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Powerful poems about Cambodia awakening from the killing fields to the dawn of free elections. This moving and image-rich cycle of linked poems journeys from Cambodia's mythic times to the killing fields to the U.N. presence during the first free elections. It bears witness to the plight of the Cambodian people and to all who have endured holocausts. A beautiful and heart-wrenching collection.
"She catches often painful experiences in her hands like water from a tap and transforms them...into creations that shimmer." David P. Chandler, The Tragedy of Cambodian History and Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot
"An extraordinary journey...rich rewarding poetry, a compassionate, visionary response to a very real world." Sam Hamill
"Schneberg is a poet who boldly faces evil and has the courage to express her reactions in art and testimony." David Ray, The Death of Sardanapalus and Other Poems of the Iraq Wars
"A journey that is as geographically exotic and far-flung as it is spiritually profound...brutally documentary and lyrically elegiac." Peg Boyers, Executive Editor, Salmagundi
"A searing account of one of the darkest moments in modern history." Carolyn Forché
Powerful poems about Cambodia, awakening from the killing fields to the dawn of free elections.
Poetry. Asian Studies. This moving, rich cycle of linked poems journeys from Cambodia's ancient mythic times to the killing fields and to the UN presence during Cambodia's first free elections. It bears witness to the plight of the Cambodian people and to all who have endured holocausts. The reader viscerally experiences the sweet-sour tastes of both jungle fruits and blackened, dead potato patches; the sights and sounds of the bombed Cambodian countryside and its fecund cities--as well as the humanity of others and ourselves.
Praise for Willa Schneberg's previous work:
"She writes with a lyrical beauty . . . it's like an intimate companion whispering secrets in one's ear, secrets that sometimes make us gasp."-Jewish Review
"These are the poems of a traveler and a lover who feels both the terror of time passing and the consolation of eternity. From such tension spring lovely poetic objects, ready for intelligent use."-Andrei Codrescu
This moving, rich cycle of linked poems journeys from
Storytelling in Cambodia includes an introduction by the celebrated Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur (author of Sacred Vows) and his translator Ken McCullough, who have worked together previously on Oeur's memoir Crossing Three Wildernesses (Coffee House Press).
Winner of over eleven poetry awards, Willa Schneberg has been described as a "bright new seer."Her second collection of poetry, In the Margins of the World (Plain View Press), was awarded the 2002 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She is also a ceramic sculptor and photographer whose work has been widely exhibited. She works as a private practice clinical social worker and was a UN volunteer in
About the Author
Brooklyn-born Willa Schneberg's second poetry collection, Margins of the World, won the 2002 Oregon Book Award for Poetry and also received the honor of Garrison Keillor reading from it for the 2002/2003 Writer's Almanac. A sculptor and clinical social worker, Schneberg has been published in American Poetry Review, among others. From 1992-1993, she worked for the U.N. in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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