Hard Love Province: Poems by Marilyn Chin Online

Hard Love Province: Poems
Title : Hard Love Province: Poems
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ISBN : 9780393240962
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 80

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 eroticMarilyn 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.


Hard Love Province: Poems Reviews

  • Edward Jay

    Hard Love Province is an engaging work of art. Marilyn Chin gives us a poetry that needs no explanation or interpretation. Her sensual phrasing punctuated by artistic use of space and line breaks allow each syllable to sink into your soul beyond the mere meaning of words. These poems seed directly to the senses where they sprout into the vivid voice of human experience. Chin’s work is rich with allusion to American poets, but as an Asian-American firmly rooted in contemporary culture, she brin [...]

  • Jan Priddy

    Marilyn Chin's newest poems may have ramped up the power and sting of her earlier work. The poems prod and poke and beat me about the heart. I think there is some edge to anger that I have to admire—we are so afraid of intensity, we seem to want everything to be so soft, and we want heroes to tell us how to be and what to care about. I have to admire the intensity of Chin's words. The paradox of purity and anger. "You must be suffering from poetry." What a lovely way to die.

  • Claudia Putnam

    It's amazing to me how much Chin grows with each book. I first read some of this collection in American Poetry Review and was so moved I wrote to her about it. I've been looking forward to this collection ever since (am not sure how I missed last summer's pub date). Needless to say, it doesn't disappoint. The repetition of key images throughout gives the collected work a strange coherence--strange because the design is deliberately fragmented. And yet not. The repetition, because it is so judici [...]

  • Wes Bishop

    This is the first collection of Chin's I have ever read. There is a steady anger pulsing under the entire work, like a a stream of intense lava. Sometimes that anger burst through onto the poem. Other times it is left, hinted at and never fully addressed. The result is a small book with much emotion. For those checking this collection out, I particularly recommend the poems "Black President," "Horns: A Coda," and "Beautiful Boyfriend." Well worth reading and contemplation.

  • Abigail Licad

    My review in The Critical Flame:criticalflame/of-grievance

  • C.E. G

    Strikes me as a poet's poet, and I'm not a poet. But I did like a few parts, like this line: "It's not that you are rare Nor are you extraordinary O lone wren sobbing on the bodhi treeYou are simple and sincere."

  • Christina Borgoyn

    a beautiful read.

  • Angie Fehl

    2.5 StarsIn this, her fourth volume of poetry (pub. 2014), Marilyn Chin ponders the theme of deep grief and mourning after the loss of one's beloved. She plays with the imagery of quiet moments, typically occurring during late night, moonlit hours while also exploring the sensation of simmering anger that is sometimes intertwined with grief. While in this mode, Chin also doesn't shy away from tougher material, such as the dark and morbid imagery that can play across the mind in moments of emotio [...]

  • which lena

    I actually loved these poems - it spoke to me as a poet, as a non-white woman. sexy, referential, clean , unpunishing lines. these poems resisted tokenization. Chin isn't trying to be the asian poet slot on college syllabi. i love the way she writers herself into poems, claiming her own specificity, while also not whitewashing herself. sexuality and sensuality in these poems is also captivating, surprising. i think that's my favorite part of this book - how she surprises me without punishing the [...]

  • Mark

    yeah its poetry some of it the best I've read since Jim Morrison left this awkward rock hurtling through space. I just don't care to read about her personal stuff. I suddenly understand Spiro Agnew and his rantings about effete intellectuals