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Half-Lit Houses
Tina Chang

Four Way
2004 • 96 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-52-8

Tina Chang’s poems address the problems of family and heritage, initially inhabiting formally patterned stanzas that mimic the boundaries and bonds that are her subject, and then opening into free(-er) verse as the collection progresses and tries to break out of what has been imposed--both narratively and technically. These are passionate and accessible poems, simple in diction and declaration, elegant in image and syntax.

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From the Book:


He is shrinking by degrees
but no one is counting.

To the East, fishermen cast nets
over his children. To the West,
rocks fill up his wife's shoes.
She will never walk again.

Even when he is standing
like a headless nail, a battered fish,
he refuses all the food that is given him.

His bones have made islands of themselves.
The soul begins to speak:
spoon, ladle, malice in his mouth.
The body, a cage. Sundown...

TINA CHANG’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Quarterly West, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Sonora Review, The Cream City Review, The Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her poems have been anthologized in Identity Lessons (1999) Poetry Nation (1998) and in Asian American Literature (2001) She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, Poets and Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Van Lier Foundation, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and has held writing fellowships from Villa Montalvo, Fundacion Valparaiso, and The MacDowell Colony. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tue, 15 May 2018 12:59:13 -0500