Item description for Why is the Edge Always Windy? by Mong-Lan...
Mng-Lan has created a voice, palette, and geography entirely her own. Moving beyond the space of a single ethnic heritage, her spare, impressionist poems sing of places we recognize, opened up to their utter senselessness. In this striking new collection, the grainy strangeness of the modern world is rendered knowable and enduring. From Saigon to New York City to Paris, Mng-Lan combines the earthly and the ecstatic, the animal and the sublime, to create lyrics that tempt and haunt.
Poet and visual artist Mng-Lan's debut collection, Song of the Cicadas, won the 2000 Juniper Prize. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is currently the inaugural poet in residence at the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Tupelo Press
ISBN 1932195289 ISBN13 9781932195286
Reviews - What do customers think about Why is the Edge Always Windy??
A Thought-Provoking Beautiful Book--Must Have Nov 6, 2006
This is a wonderful book of poems and I highly recommend it. Mong-Lan's writing may be described as writing of the Vietnamese diaspora, a generation that left Vietnam during the mid-70's, but it is so much more than this. Her subject matter is far ranging, from Vietnam to Houston to New York City to La Vigny (Switzerland) to Phnom Penh to the desert of Arizona. Her language is taut and spare, but at times quiet, pensive, but lush and dramatic. She is not afraid to explore 9-11 or the insanity of love. She has an artist's sensibility and an unerring musician's ear.
A rare bonus is that her beautiful drawings and calligraphy are also included in this fine book. Hooray!