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By Elinor Benedict

2000 Winner of the may possibly Swenson Poetry Award. Foreword by way of Maxine Kumin. even if the poems during this assortment are usually not narrative, they do current a story, steadily unspooling the story of the poet's insurgent aunt, who left the kinfolk "to marry a Chinaman" within the 1930's. it really is an previous tale, jam-packed with poignancy, secret, relatives satisfaction, and doubt. while the aunt returns to die, the poet, now grown, discovers in herself the necessity to reclaim the connections that her kinfolk had severed. She travels to China a number of times--to research. steadily, via wide-eyed, insightful poems, we see the poet rebuild together with her chinese language cousins a feeling of iteration, relations, and humanity--bridging over all that divides us.

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If I could send her something, I’d say, Ellen, take this, my flawed stone heart, and keep it green. [17] H AW T H O R N S At the Temple of Heaven old men with tightened faces sell sticks of small red haw-apples, pierced by the dozen and glazed over fires. I buy them like beads with my newly-changed money, fumbling in cold, counting out coins and mixing white breath with incense of charcoal. My Chinese cousins watch as I bite the sweet skins, the tart fruit, full of seeds hard as mahogany, clinging to each other in carved families.

Fuming, the torn cakes reveal their dark secret and we agree, they’re the best ones we’ve eaten. ” We wave goodbye with mooncakes on our breath, believing most of what we have heard in hope of a fortunate harvest. [45] P E A C E R OA D K I N D E R G A R T E N In this small city within a city children live from early morning until dusk, when parents come back to remind them who they are. All day they chatter like flocks of sparrows who used to nest, the oldest teacher remembers, in these low trees with shiny leaves, before all birds were eaten.

We wave goodbye with mooncakes on our breath, believing most of what we have heard in hope of a fortunate harvest. [45] P E A C E R OA D K I N D E R G A R T E N In this small city within a city children live from early morning until dusk, when parents come back to remind them who they are. All day they chatter like flocks of sparrows who used to nest, the oldest teacher remembers, in these low trees with shiny leaves, before all birds were eaten. Today for foreign guests the children dance and sing under red tile roofs where the air smells like jasmine and cabbage soup.

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