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"This vivid and clean-lined debut weaves strands of personal and family narrative into short poems with wider symbolic force; the best of them contemplate both autobiography and ecocatastrophe. Tseng's free verse creates strong moods: 'Apple season, the dog eats his fill and falls asleep beside the space heater./ I thought the world was going to end years ago.' Questions of East Asian immigration and assimilation dominate some early poems before giving way to more abstract spiritual dilemmas: 'if our books burn up,/ we will suffer loss and still be saved,/ as those escaping through the flames.' Tseng is equally at home depicting modern cityscapes and presenting far-flung rural locales. In both, she seeks sublimity while restricting herself to familiar words; in both she is able to see impending doom, as when the title poem presents the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in two haunting pages ('The last thing we see is a wall of white crashing... Oil rig evacuations. Cars and cars against the sea wall'). In Tseng's strongest work, everything takes on a surprising, religious dimension as the book drives to a close: 'The voice of the Lord is upon the water,' she warns: 'he intends to strip the forests bare.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In Sandy Tseng's first collection, leaving is both what remains and the act of going to another place, a different lifestyle, an unknown afterlife. This book recounts the pleasures and terrors of transition, of being in between languages. We travel with Tseng, learning that the sediment of our lives--received traditions, half-recalled memories, accrued possessions--might also be the fragments by which we recognize a future life, here or elsewhere.

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ISBN:
9781884800931
Author:
Tseng, Sandy
Publisher:
Four Way Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American - Asian American
Subject:
Change
Subject:
American poetry - 21st century
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Series:
Stahlecker Series Selection
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
71
Dimensions:
8.70x5.90x.40 in. .26 lbs.

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Product details 71 pages Four Way Books - English 9781884800931 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This vivid and clean-lined debut weaves strands of personal and family narrative into short poems with wider symbolic force; the best of them contemplate both autobiography and ecocatastrophe. Tseng's free verse creates strong moods: 'Apple season, the dog eats his fill and falls asleep beside the space heater./ I thought the world was going to end years ago.' Questions of East Asian immigration and assimilation dominate some early poems before giving way to more abstract spiritual dilemmas: 'if our books burn up,/ we will suffer loss and still be saved,/ as those escaping through the flames.' Tseng is equally at home depicting modern cityscapes and presenting far-flung rural locales. In both, she seeks sublimity while restricting herself to familiar words; in both she is able to see impending doom, as when the title poem presents the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in two haunting pages ('The last thing we see is a wall of white crashing... Oil rig evacuations. Cars and cars against the sea wall'). In Tseng's strongest work, everything takes on a surprising, religious dimension as the book drives to a close: 'The voice of the Lord is upon the water,' she warns: 'he intends to strip the forests bare.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In Sandy Tseng's first collection, leaving is both what remains and the act of going to another place, a different lifestyle, an unknown afterlife. This book recounts the pleasures and terrors of transition, of being in between languages. We travel with Tseng, learning that the sediment of our lives--received traditions, half-recalled memories, accrued possessions--might also be the fragments by which we recognize a future life, here or elsewhere.
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