Posted in Poetry, Reviews, tagged "Japanese situation", 1940s, Collier Nogues, colonization, effaced text, erasure poetrics, internment, Japanese history, Maggie Trapp, militarization, Okinawa on November 18, 2015|
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In these erasure poems, Collier Nogues presents oblique, redolent lines that contain and complicate the ghostlike traces left behind from original historical documents. Nogues has created a beautiful, haunting piece of work with The Ground I Stand on Is Not My Ground, winner of the inaugural Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest.
You can read Nogues’s poems as simply the appearance of inviting, enigmatic words on a page. But you can also read them while moving your finger or your cursor over the offered lines, in this way interacting with the text as you reveal as well as conceal the primary texts on which the poems are based. (more…)
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Posted in Editorial, Nonfiction, Reviews, tagged cultural acceptance, family, Hong Kong, journey, Maggie Trapp, mother, Not Chinese, Raymond M. Wong, resentment, reverence on July 28, 2015|
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The first thing you need to know is that I’m not Chinese.
My name is Raymond Wong and I stopped being Chinese
at the age of five.
And so begins Raymond Wong’s touching account of his own coming of age as a Chinese American. I’m Not Chinese is part memoir, part travelogue, part lyric essay, and it is entirely warm and moving. Wong takes us with him on his journey from resentment to openness and insight, and his is a book that, while appearing at first unassuming, is, we come to realize, thick with humor and understanding.
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