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Of gods & strangers

Author: Tina Chang
Publisher: New York : Four Way Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English
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A meditation on history and the imagination that bears witness to acts of genocide and to natural disasters in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, Of Gods & Strangers interweaves lyrical, arresting accounts of our contemporary world with stories of "Empress Dowager" Tzu Hsi, last empress of China (1861-1908). An urgent reminder that poetry can offer us a social consciousness--"in my locked mouth an urge"--Of Gods &  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tina Chang
ISBN: 9781935536178 1935536176
OCLC Number: 701242448
Notes: Poems.
Description: 101 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: I. Reign: Unfinished book of mortals --
Empress dowager boogies --
Dowager in matrimony --
Book --
Self-portrait as imaginary DJ --
The empress dreams after a poisoned meal --
The full faces of dogs are barking --
Patriotism --
Love --
Still life, alcohol and pears --
Self-portrait as empress dowager --
I demand you know my flying --
Cutting it down --
Baguio --
The empress dowager has one bird --
Bitch tree --
Sex gospels --
Toward divinity --
Charlatan, self-styled --
II. Infinite and plausible: Wild invention --
Tiny souls --
Evolution of danger --
So much light we could see to the other side --
Possibility --
Story of girls --
Flesh elegy --
Interpretation --
Sound that is a car screeching, a microphone turning on --
Haunted --
Foraging and dodging --
Talking to strangers --
Infinite and plausible --
Lord --
III. Territory: Territory --
A full life, modern day Ethiopia, Ogaden desert --
Imagine, refugee --
Substantial --
Praise --
Identity --
Mortal tether --
Labor --
When the war was imaginary --
A full life, modern day Sri Lanka, Jaffna --
The empress dowager contemplates her lineage --
To empress, by day --
Reign --
Love, over --
Succession --
Bright order --
The dowager meets me in the present --
The idea of revelation --
Celestial --
Strange god.
Other Titles: Of gods and strangers
Responsibility: Tina Chang.

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A meditation on history and the imagination that bears witness to acts of genocide and to natural disasters in Ethiopia, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, Of Gods & Strangers interweaves lyrical, arresting accounts of our contemporary world with stories of "Empress Dowager" Tzu Hsi, last empress of China (1861-1908). An urgent reminder that poetry can offer us a social consciousness--"in my locked mouth an urge"--Of Gods & Strangers deftly traces the human dimensions of the "great modern machine," looking to recover the present and its people through the past's "faulty memory."

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