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|Climax Public Library||811.6 VAN (Text)||33500012469276||Main||Available||-|
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- ISBN: 1555977707
- ISBN: 9781555977702
94 pages ; 23 cm
- Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 
- Copyright: ©2017
|General Note:||Walt Whitman Award, 2016|
Walt Whitman Award, 2016
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 March #2
*Starred Review* Recruited by the CIA to covertly combat Communist forces in the "Secret War" (1953â75), the Hmong people of Laos have since spent decades withstanding widespread political persecution. In her award-winning debut, Hmong American Vang deftly probes the tumultuous history of the Hmong, from the melodic myths of the ancients and the long-hushed horrors of war to the excruciating expense of exile ("Fire is the child / Whose parents are the dead"). Vang's collection interweaves profoundly personal recollections with unflinching glimpses into the circumstances of refugees past. While "Your Mountain Lies Down with You" invokes the sacrifices of the poet's grieving grandfather, "Water Grave" illuminates all he left behind: "The crowded dead / turn into the earth's / unfolded bed sheet. / We drift near banks, / creatures of the Mekong, / heads bobbing like / ghosts without bodies." Yet, amid bullets and bees, cyanide and stars, humpbacks and harvests, Vang imbues her imagery not only with loss but also with the remarkable resilience and crystalline spirituality of Hmong lore and language. "Ask me to build our temples / So rooted, so stone, we won't ever die out," Vang writes. With this luminous, indelible volume, she's already built one. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
Mai Der Vang is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writersâ Circle and coeditor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.
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|Subject:||Hmong (Asian people) Poetry
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