Greenhouses, Lighthouses

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Author(s): Tung-Hui Hu
Original Publish Date: May 04, 2013
Product Number: EB00650578
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619320369
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
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Description

"Perplexity and wonder are integral parts of Tung-Hui Hu's poetry, which is as elegant as it is surprising."—Rain Taxi "This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of song's intensity or mystery."—Mark Doty "Tung-Hui Hu works magic on the page."—Linda Gregerson Weaving between the personal and cosmic I, Tung-Hui Hu's lyrics seek the "greenhouse"—a place of saturation, growth—as a poetic space to cultivate new modes through which our common language can once again illuminate and guide—"lighthouse." With minimalism and control, Greenhouses, Lighthouses draws subtly from photography, cinematography, and history to create haunting and memorable connections. From "A Gust of Wind": There is so much he wants to ask his strange new wife: how many lovers she has had, American or Provolone, and why sometimes, listening to her, he can hear the sound of a radiator breathing steam in a cold room. But it feels ridiculous to doubt her, so he finds a patch of grass in the open field and speaks to it, bending down and burring his words through the blades . . . Tung-Hui Hu, author of three books of poetry, earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in film from University of California Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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