Standing Water

Author(s): Eleanor Chai
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Apr 12, 2016
Product Number: EB00622985
Released: Apr 12, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374714918
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A profound literary debut that recounts a child's singular story Since I made you, you may imagine I set myself on fire— or better, say: you lit the funeral pyre from ten thousand days away. A young woman in Paris encounters an uncanny presence on a tour of a small museum. A study by Rodin of the dancer Little Hanako—titled Head of Sorrow—triggers in the young woman recognition of her mother, a mother erased from her life since childhood. Thus begins Eleanor Chai's Standing Water, one of the most remarkable first books of poetry in recent years. It is a journey into the past as well as the present—into the narrative hidden from the poet since birth, as well as the strategies that she has adopted to survive. It is a journey about how we learn to cope with, to perceive and describe, the world. It is a story about savage privilege and deprivation. Haunting the whole is the figure of the real Little Hanako—Rodin's model, a Japanese artist displaced in Europe, the medium through which other artists dream and discover the world.

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