Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three spotlights a trio of poetry collections to be released in April, which is National Poetry Month. I have them on my reading list; consider adding them to yours.

Afterland (Graywolf, April 4) ~ An editorial member of the Hmong American Writers' CircleMai Der Vang's Afterland is the 2016 winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets; Carolyn Forche made the selection. The poems address Mai Der Vang's Hmong family, their forced removal from Laos, and their survival as refugees and exiles.

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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Possibilities (BOA Editions Ltd., April 11) ~ This collection, the first by Kundiman Fellow Chen Chen and the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, is about love, family, and identity as a Chinese American, immigrant, and queer son. Jericho Brown contributes the Foreword.

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Chen Chen's chapbook is Set the Garden on Fire (Wicked Little Heart). A review of the chapbook can be found at The Rumpus.

Chen Chen at Academy of American PoetsPBS NewsHour, and Poetry Foundation

Chen Chen Poems and Interviews Online: Buzz Feed, Connotation Press, Driftwood PressPoetry Foundation, Pank, and PotLuck Magazine

Tremulous Hinge (University of Iowa Press, April 15) ~ The debut collection of Adam Giannelli, this collection won the 2016 Iowa Poetry Prize. Ranging over such subjects as love, dementia, and stuttering, the poems include self-portraits, meditations, and elegies.

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