Synopses & Reviews
Something has happened here: An empire has gone to seed, an entire country goes on strike, people begin eating dirt and flowers, and a couple lives on a riverboat to avoid the ground. In Mine, Tung-Hui Hu makes myths out of the personal. He speaks of desire and awkwardness and the earth that contains both. Resonant, blunt, and sharply intelligent, this is writing that excavates.
As history unfolds over and over the same geography, these poems become, as Hu has written, “practice for the living.” The book grows out of the poet’s interest in how the histories we extract from the land become interlaced with our identity. The book asks, Where do we come from? But also, How do we make amends?
Tung-Hui Hu lives in San Francisco, where he writes on film and new media. Previously, as a computer scientist, he worked on Internet architecture. His first collection, The Book of Motion, won the Eisner Prize and was published by The University of Georgia Press.
The second book by a young poet whose first book won the Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize.
Poetry. Tung-Hui Hu's MINE contains subject matter ranging from history and empire to mythic epilogue, allowing the poems to adopt a variety of narrative positions and explore a life outside the self. In the closing poem "The River," Hu writes: "When we travel by boat, I am the one who always grows older, sometimes a beard appears, or my skin cracks and turns volcanic. But you stay the same, everything except your name, after a certain point you got up and said You can start calling me this from now on. After that there was always some confusion." "This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of the songs intensity or mystery, so that these casually elegant, affecting poems feel as interior as they are worldly"-Mark Doty.
About the Author
Tung Hui Hu is currently pursuing his PhD in film studies at UC Berkeley where he writes on film and new media.Before attending UC Berkeley he worked as a computer scientist working on Internet architecture. He holds an AB from Princeton and an MFA from the University of Michigan.