Scott Ezell Petroglyph Americana

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Petroglyph Americana

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Poetry. Asian and Asian American Studies. PETROGLYPH AMERICANA is a book-length poem that careens across landscapes of the American West and resonates with Scott Ezell's dozen years in Asia. By turns narrative and lyrical, PETROGLYPH AMERICANA is a journey through Death Valley and Las Vegas, through the Great Basin and San Francisco's administrative assistance industry, and through the history of the Gold Rush and an LA traffic jam--all with reflections from Asian landscapes, cultures, and poetry. PETROGLYPH AMERICANA embraces the lust, freedom, exuberance, and folly of America, distilling a geographic, cultural, and ecological sense of place.

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Scott Ezell was born in Berkeley, California. He received a BA in English from UC Davis, studied Chinese at the University of California at Berkeley, then entered the MA program in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. In 1992 he left graduate school to study Chinese language and literature in Taiwan, and lived a dozen years in Asia, working as a writer, editor, radio host, street musician, recording artist, and record producer. He also traveled widely in China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and other countries. Scott Ezell lives in Seattle and Hanoi. In addition to writing the poem-cycle "Hanoi Rhapsodies," he has recently performed improvised music with Vietnamese composer Vu Nhat Tan and recorded the album Where Will You Go When Your Heart Is Free, a collection of love songs.

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Petroglyph America is one of those volumes that casts a long shadow. Its philosophical components are spot on for our time in this country. Ezell renders his insights with frequent humor, but his language is pure heaven. Whether he is writing of a highway that unscrolls like an asphalt tongue or of how the cowls and towers of a tungsten mine / stand like robot trees or missile silos / against a canvas sky he orchestrates precision of image with music every time --Karen Swenson

Reading Scott Ezell s Petroglyph Americana, I imagine de Tocqueville returning from an Asian exile or Hart Crane rising from the Gulf of Mexico somehow summoning the strength for one more paean to the absurdity of our times and the phantasmagoria of our passage. And yet, the sweetness is overpowering. Another bodhisattva sends back news from the trail. --Red Pine

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