Declension in the Village of Chung Luong

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After years of profound spiritual work, our most powerful poet of the Viet Nam War now turns to our potential for redemption. The book’s locus is Chung Luong, birthplace of Weigl’s Vietnamese daughter, Hanh, and one of the poorest and most beautiful places on earth. That vivid contrast, between beauty and utter poverty, is what drives this book, allowing the poet to view the collapse of empire—one of the book’s central themes—from a new psychic vantage. While these tough, retrospective poems break into a new realm of compassion and forgiveness, they are just as steely and truth-telling as any of his earlier works, which were brilliant explorations of the damages of war and the violent potential of the human imagination.

But readers of Weigl’s past books (among them Song of Napalm, What Saves Us, The Monkey Wars) and his critically acclaimed memoir, The Circle of Hanh, will recognize the distance he has traveled. As he himself has put it, “I began to feel as if I might try to assume some kind of public voice, so that these poems feel to me as if they’re the most mature I’ve written. What drives the form is the attitude, and what drives the attitude is the particular take on diction; a kind of free-wheeling American-like regard for how words mean and how they feel in your mouth when you say them. I’ve never said the phrase ‘this is my best book ever,’ but I can say it here because I know it is and I know what it took to get there.”

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Author of fourteen poetry collections and a memoir, Weigl's work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Harpers. His poems are widely anthologized and translated into several lanquages. His awards include prizes from The Academy of American Poets and the National Endowment for the Arts. He's currently Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities at The Lorain County Community College.

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"....a wise and beautiful book that deserves consideration for all of this year's top poetry prizes." -- Daniel Donaghy

A work of brilliant economy and focus, of grace and understanding... -- The Journal, Summer 2007

Beneath the mix of reverie and rawness, there is a true vulnerability rarely achieved in American poetry today. -- Review Revue, April 2007

These finely honed lyrics serve as insightful meditations on perseverance, responsibility, and love at the turn of the 21st century. -- PoetLore, Fall/Winter 2006

We are grateful to Bruce Weigl for the gift of his nationally recognized talents. -- The Morning Journal, November 2006

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