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Publisher Comments:

"Perplexity and wonder are integral parts of Tung-Hui Hu's poetry, which is as elegant as it is surprising."—Rain Taxi

"This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of song's intensity or mystery."—Mark Doty

"Tung-Hui Hu works magic on the page."—Linda Gregerson

Weaving between the personal and cosmic I, Tung-Hui Hu's lyrics seek the "greenhouse"—a place of saturation, growth—as a poetic space to cultivate new modes through which our common language can once again illuminate and guide—"lighthouse." With minimalism and control, Greenhouses, Lighthouses draws subtly from photography, cinematography, and history to create haunting and memorable connections.

from "Cosmos Revealed behind a Dense Curtain of Poppies":

Greenhouses, Lighthouses. The first

astronomers tended on hands and knees

the soil of the universe, smoothing

away moss, seeding by night.

Now our galaxy has the sixfold

symmetry of ornament on the tower of Alhambra,

shoots curled from stem looping

heaven and earth together. Trace

curlicues and rosettes with your finger.

The chamber sealed off to mortals but

open above, like a poppy.

Tung-Hui Hu, author of three books of poetry, earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in film from University of California Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Synopsis:

A poetic and provocative gesture toward cinematography, Tung-Hui Hu presents the ungraspable among memory, film, and history's tantalizing ephemera

Synopsis:

"Perplexity and wonder are integral parts of Tung-Hui Hu's poetry, which is as elegant as it is surprising."—Rain Taxi

"This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of song's intensity or mystery."—Mark Doty

"Tung-Hui Hu works magic on the page."—Linda Gregerson

Weaving between the personal and cosmic I, Tung-Hui Hu's lyrics seek the "greenhouse"—a place of saturation, growth—as a poetic space to cultivate new modes through which our common language can once again illuminate and guide—"lighthouse." With minimalism and control, Greenhouses, Lighthouses draws subtly from photography, cinematography, and history to create haunting and memorable connections.

From "A Gust of Wind":

There is so much he wants to ask his

strange new wife: how many lovers

she has had, American or Provolone,

and why sometimes, listening to her,

he can hear the sound of a radiator

breathing steam in a cold room.

But it feels ridiculous to doubt her,

so he finds a patch of grass in the open field

and speaks to it, bending down and

burring his words through the blades . . .

Tung-Hui Hu, author of three books of poetry, earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in film from University of California Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

About the Author

Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three books of poetry, The Book of Motion (U. Georgia, 2003) winner of the Avery Hopwood Award; Mine (Ausable, 2007) winner of the Eisner Literary Award; and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon, 2012). He teaches at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. In addition to receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Tung-Hui Hu holds a PhD in Film from the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556594069
Author:
Hu, Tung Hui
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Author:
Hu, Tung-Hui
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A poetic and provocative gesture toward cinematography, Tung-Hui Hu presents the ungraspable among memory, film, and history's tantalizing ephemera
"Synopsis" by ,

"Perplexity and wonder are integral parts of Tung-Hui Hu's poetry, which is as elegant as it is surprising."—Rain Taxi

"This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of song's intensity or mystery."—Mark Doty

"Tung-Hui Hu works magic on the page."—Linda Gregerson

Weaving between the personal and cosmic I, Tung-Hui Hu's lyrics seek the "greenhouse"—a place of saturation, growth—as a poetic space to cultivate new modes through which our common language can once again illuminate and guide—"lighthouse." With minimalism and control, Greenhouses, Lighthouses draws subtly from photography, cinematography, and history to create haunting and memorable connections.

From "A Gust of Wind":

There is so much he wants to ask his

strange new wife: how many lovers

she has had, American or Provolone,

and why sometimes, listening to her,

he can hear the sound of a radiator

breathing steam in a cold room.

But it feels ridiculous to doubt her,

so he finds a patch of grass in the open field

and speaks to it, bending down and

burring his words through the blades . . .

Tung-Hui Hu, author of three books of poetry, earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in film from University of California Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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