Marilyn Chin Hard Love Province: Poems

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Winner of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for Poetry

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

Marilyn Chin is a poet acclaimed by Adrienne Rich for her "powerful, uncompromised, and unerring" poems. Dancing brilliantly between Eastern and Western forms, fusing ancient Chinese history and contemporary American popular culture, she is one of the most celebrated Asian-American poets writing today.

Chin's fourth volume of poems, Hard Love Province, is composed of erotic elegies in which the speaker grieves for the loss of her beloved. In "Void" she writes with the imagistic, distilled quietude of a solitary mourner: "It’s not that you are rare / Nor are you extraordinary // O lone wren sobbing on the bodhi tree / You are simple and sincere." In "Formosan Elegy," by contrast, she is that mourner, beyond simplicity or quietude, crying out for a lover: "I sing for you but my tears have dried in my gullet / Walk the old dog give the budgies a cool bath / Cut a tender melon let it bleed into memory."

Here, too, are poems inspired by Chin’s poetic forbearers and mentors―Dickinson, Plath, Ai, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tu Fu, Adrienne Rich, and others―honoring their work and descrying the global injustice they addressed. "Whose life is it anyway?" she asks in a poem for Rich, "She born of chrysalis and shit / Or she born of woman and pain?"

Emotionally nuanced and electric with high-flying verbal experimentation, image after image, line by line, Chin's spectacular reinventions, her quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies, are unforgettable.

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Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. The winner of the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors, she lives in San Diego.

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A surfer-dude appears in a prose poem about girls who grow horns during the Han Dynasty. Similarly, time periods and images collide in “(Dueling Quatrains)” when Entertainment Weekly wants to interview Emily Dickinson. Chin’s (Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, 2009) freewheeling, intense new collection pays unorthodox homage to poets of the past. W. H. Auden’s touchstone line in his elegy to W. B Yeats, “For poetry makes nothing happen,” suddenly appears in a poem entitled “Kalifornia (A portrait of the poet, / wearing a girdle of severed heads).” And in “Study Hall, Deterritorialized,” Chin updates Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” with intelligence and swagger. Chin also invokes Wang Wei, an eighth-century Chinese poet, and The Book of Changes (I Ching). At times sensual, erotic, and even unabashedly crude, Chin explores ideas of emotional and physical heritage. The book’s most profound moments occur in odes to the poet’s former lover, a “Beautiful Boyfriend,” who attempts to prepare his beloved for his impending death by disconnecting his cell phone and assuring her that he will “tweet from the other side.” --Carolyn Alessio

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