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1999 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
Blizzard of One, by Mark Strand.
"No poet has been able to make more out of a minimalist aesthetic than Mark Strand. He strives for elegance and masterful brevity, and whether he's working his ominous or light-fingered register, his formalism is never precious, always an agent of necessity."
Other Books by Mark Strand:
The Continuous Life, by Mark Strand.
Selected Poems, by Mark Strand.
1999 Pultizer Prize in Fiction
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham.
"The Hours is both an homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and very much its own creature, intertwining Woolf's story with those of two more contemporary women. Like its literary inspiration, The Hours is a hymn to consciousness and the beauties and losses it perceives. It is also a reminder that, as Cunningham again and again makes us realize, art belongs to far more than just 'the world of objects.'"
Other Books by Michael Cunningham:
Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham.
Flesh and Blood, by Michael Cunningham.
The Redshifting Web, by Arthur Sze.
"Arthur Sze is one of the most intensely musical and visionary poets writing today. The Reshifting Web makes available for the first time the full range of his poetry. Through a startling juxtaposition of images and ideas, Sze reveals the interconnectedness of our world, always with an ear attuned to pitch and cadence. Here the past is ever-present, so that one finds Zen monks carrying fax machines, Hopi Kachina dolls alongside scenes from Japanese pachinko parlors, plastic bowls among relices of the Han dynasty. In poem after poem the complexities of contemporary culture are revealed as an elegant fabric woven of many threads." (Quote from book jacket).
This collection of poems by Arthur Sze is truly wonderful! These poems are breathtaking in their beauty, utterly original, and completely, hypnotically addictive. You will want to return to these poems again and again!
Mosquito and Ant: Poems, by Kimiko Hahn.
This newest volume of poetry by award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn references the classic Chinese dialogue between mosquito and ant. As always, Hahn's poems are breathtakingly fresh and original -- recasting Asian myth and history into a highly contemporary context and intertwining it with allusions to critical and feminist theory. At the same time, the voice that emerges throughout Hahn's poems is intensely personal, human, generous and true.
The Unbearable Heart, by Kimiko Hahn.
A 1996 National Book Award winner! Intensely beautiful and wrenching poems following the death of Hahn's mother after a car accident. These poems form a diary of loss and tribute in painstaking detail -- an unsparing and movingly personal exploration of the complexities of grief, death, and memory.
The Colors of Desire, by David Mura.
David Mura's beautifully crafted poems are unsurpassed! In this volume, Mura explores issues of race, sexuality and personal history -- constructed with an unsparing eye and elegantly crafted language.
After We Lost Our Way, by David Mura.
Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, by David Mura.
"Turning Japanese reads like a fascinating novel you can't put down . . . The strength and eloquence of Mura's book resides in his ability to capture and speak to the Japanese-American experience across generations, and perhaps, more importantly, to present the tools and insights for people across cultures and ethnicities to examine, reexamine and reclaim their sense of history and identity." (Quoted from Asian Week)
School Figures, by Cathy Song.
Song's most recent volume of poetry -- published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series.
Frameless Windows, Squares of Light, by Cathy Song.
Picture Bride, by Cathy Song.
Selected by Richard Hugo as a winner in the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, this is my personal favorite of Cathy Song's three volumes of poetry. Cast in clear, deceptively translucent lines, these poems shimmer on the surface, yet reveal intricate layers of meaning below. Song's sense of imagery is superb, and she explores memories of family, race and childhood in Hawaii with stunningly precise and unforgettably sensuous detail.
Black Lightning: Poetry in Progress - Asian American Writer's Workshop, edited by Eileen Tabios.
This amazing collection presents a fascinatingly intimate look into the creative processes and artistic concerns of fourteen prominent Asian American poets. Not only does this anthology reveal the breathtaking diversity transpiring in contemporary Asian American poetry, it also provides the reader with insight into the complexity and sophistication of Asian American literary criticism as emerging from within the ranks of Asian American writers themselves. Furthermore, ethnicity aside, Black Lightning is an inspiring statement on poetics that is a must-have in the collection of any poet, poetry lover, workshop instructor, and/or student of poetry.
The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America, edited by Garrett Hongo.
Possibly the most comprehensive Asian American anthology to come out in recent years devoted exclusively to poetry. The poems and poets in this anthology are simply superb, and the anthology also includes an immensely penetrating and insightful introduction by Garrett Hongo.
Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry from Canada and the United States, edited by Cyril Dabydeen.
Returning a Borrowed Tongue: Poems by Filipinio and Filipino American Writers, edited by Nick Carbo.
Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women, edited by Elaine H. Kim, et al.
Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings By and About Asian American Women, edited by Diane Yein-Mei Wong and Emilya Cachapero.
The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology, edited by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, et al.
Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian Diaspora, by Women of South Asian Descent Collective.
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