Hard Love Province: Poems

Hard Love Province: Poems

Marilyn Chin


Winner of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry

From a poet of "dazzling longing" (Los Angeles Times), a beautiful new number of haunting elegies and playful quatrains.

Marilyn Chin is a poet acclaimed by means of Adrienne wealthy for her "powerful, uncompromised, and unerring" poems. Dancing brilliantly among jap and Western kinds, fusing historical chinese language historical past and modern American pop culture, she is likely one of the so much celebrated Asian-American poets writing this present day.

Chin's fourth quantity of poems, Hard Love Province, consists of erotic elegies during which the speaker grieves for the lack of her liked. In "Void" she writes with the imagistic, distilled quietude of a solitary mourner: "It’s now not that you're infrequent / Nor are you striking // O lone wren sobbing at the bodhi tree / you're uncomplicated and sincere." In "Formosan Elegy," in contrast, she is that mourner, past simplicity or quietude, crying out for a lover: "I sing for you yet my tears have dried in my gullet / stroll the previous puppy provide the budgies a funky bathtub / minimize a young melon allow it bleed into memory."

Here, too, are poems encouraged via Chin’s poetic forbearers and mentors―Dickinson, Plath, Ai, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tu Fu, Adrienne wealthy, and others―honoring their paintings and descrying the worldwide injustice they addressed. "Whose lifestyles is it anyway?" she asks in a poem for wealthy, "She born of chrysalis and shit / Or she born of girl and pain?"

Emotionally nuanced and electrical with high-flying verbal experimentation, photo after snapshot, line through line, Chin's astounding reinventions, her quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies, are unforgettable.

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