Author(s): Hai-Dang Phan
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Feb 19, 2019
Product Number: EB00793347
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781946448293
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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In Reenactments, poet Hai-Dang Phan explores the history, memory, and legacy of the Vietnam War from his vantage point as a second-generation Vietnamese American. Woven throughout the poems is a narrative of his family's exodus from Vietnam that beautifully elucidates the American record of immigration, dislocation, inheritance, and ultimately hope. The poems are persuasively varied in their approach. The past and present, the remembered and imagined, all intersect at shifting angles, providing bold new perspectives. And, in a fresh move, Phan widens the lens, interspersing translations of several other contemporary Vietnamese poems to the mix. This subtle and moving debut is an important addition to the literature of immigration.

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