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Hard Love Province : poems

Author: Marilyn Chin
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Chin's fourth volume of poems, Hard Love Province, is composed of erotic elegies in which the speaker grieves for the loss of her beloved. In "Void" she writes with the imagistic, distilled quietude of a solitary mourner: "It s not that you are rare / Nor are you extraordinary // O lone wren sobbing on the bodhi tree / You are simple and sincere." In "Formosan Elegy," by contrast, she is that mourner, beyond  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn Chin
ISBN: 9780393240962 0393240967 9780393351811 0393351815
OCLC Number: 876141092
Awards: Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, 2015 Poetry
Description: 78 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Alba : Moon Camellia Lover --
Formosan Elegy --
Nocturnes --
Summer Sleep --
Twenty Five Haiku --
One Child Has Brown Eyes --
Study Hall, Deterritorialized --
Costume Drama --
Cougar Sinonymous --
Sonnetnese --
October Song --
The Great Song --
The Great Escape --
From a Notebook of an Ex-Revolutionary --
Black President --
Every Woman Is Her Own Chimera --
Brown Girl Manifesto (Too) --
Kalifornia --
Two Inch Fables --
Naked I Come, Naked I Go --
Horns: A Coda --
Beautiful Boyfriend --
Goodbye --
Quiet the Dog, Tether the Pony.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Marilyn Chin.

Abstract:

Chin's fourth volume of poems, Hard Love Province, is composed of erotic elegies in which the speaker grieves for the loss of her beloved. In "Void" she writes with the imagistic, distilled quietude of a solitary mourner: "It s not that you are rare / Nor are you extraordinary // O lone wren sobbing on the bodhi tree / You are simple and sincere." In "Formosan Elegy," by contrast, she is that mourner, beyond simplicity or quietude, crying out for a lover: "I sing for you but my tears have dried in my gullet / Walk the old dog give the budgies a cool bath / Cut a tender melon let it bleed into memory." Here, too, are poems inspired by Chin s poetic forbearers and mentors Dickinson, Plath, Ai, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tu Fu, Adrienne Rich, and others honoring their work and descrying the global injustice they addressed. "Whose life is it anyway?" she asks in a poem for Rich, "She born of chrysalis and shit / Or she born of woman and pain?" Emotionally nuanced and electric with high-flying verbal experimentation, image after image, line by line, Chin's spectacular reinventions, her quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies, are unforgettable. --publisher marketing.

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