"Su negotiates the mercurial new world of cultural commingling in witty, formally assured poems-often in elegantly accomplished forms which themselves add to the layering of cultural reference."-Mark Doty
Written in the shadow of the devastating events of 9/11, these beautifully crafted narrative poems reveal heartfelt insights into the emotional life of a contemporary woman in her late thirties-balancing marriage, motherhood, and career-as well as contemplating her experience as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, for whom ambition is a lower priority than survival. While many of these poems are about being a mother ("With Children"), Sanctuary is also about being the child of a mother ("Escape from the Old Country"). In measured lines that are often humorous ("Asian Driver: The Sestina"), Su explores the risks that an individual can and can't take as a member of any community: a neighborhood, a family, a racial group, a gender, a parent.
Adrienne Su was born in 1967 and raised in Atlanta. She received her AB from Harvard and an MFA from the University of Virginia. Her essays have been published in Saveur, Prairie Schooner, and Beard House. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize, as well as residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and Poetry 30: Thirtysomething American Thirtysomething Poets. Su teaches at Dickinson College. She is also the author of Middle Kingdom (Alice James Books, 1997).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Manic D Press, Inc.
ISBN 193314906X ISBN13 9781933149066
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Abigail Friedman joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and served her country in Washington, Paris, Tokyo, the Azores and most recently as Consul General in Quebec City. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Canada. She is a founding member of the bilingual (French/English) Quebec Haiku Group in Quebec City.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sanctuary?
dull Jul 4, 2008
Much description of what it's like to be a woman shopping and a woman who is pregnant and a woman who is "making a nest," all of which I found on the whole to be less insightful, and interesting, than your average article in Cosmopolitan or Allure. Overall, crashingly dull.
Quiet beauty Sep 8, 2006
Not to be missed, as succinct and lovely as Su's first book. Here is a poet who uses the beauty of our language to elucidate those events in our lives that are often triumphant and tragic. A must-have...
An amazing collection of clever, intuitive, and intelligent poetry drawn from the writings of Adrienne Su May 8, 2006
Wryly filled with endearing philosophical metaphor, Sanctuary is an amazing collection of clever, intuitive, and intelligent poetry drawn from the writings of Adrienne Su. Smart. Sanctuary persistently and fluently defines the progressive and independent mind of Su, which itself is utterly thought-provoking and keenly produced with diligent and promiscuous tongue. The First Trimester: Since you haven't told and look the same,/there's plenty of time to adapt to the changes.//Nobody holds open doors. Subway riders/gaze deeply into the face of Ann Landers.//The driver who edges you out in the parking lot/does it again, unashamed, at the checkout.//Bring something back to Customer Service/and get glowered at, a fish your only witness.//Inquire about uncooked eggs in the Caesar/salad, uncoiling the waiter's covert anger.//With drinking pals, order juice or Evian;/prepare to be seen as a budding Puritan.//Before the belly arrives to explain itself,/you have to appear to look out for yourself,//which nobody likes, so when snaps and buttons/begin to resist, you're ready and willing to fatten.