Friday, May 12, 2006

Asian American Poetry - Book Review - An Example

Here is a delightful review of Marilyn Chin's The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty (Milkweed, 1994) -- -- that both contextualizes the reading of the book and acknowledges Badurina's authorship over the review. I think that it could benefit from Badurina further elaborating upon her personal thoughts on specific poems in the book itself and a more detailed discussion of the content of the poems, but the review's strength resides in the reviewer's comfort with her voice, in not having to assume a false omniscience and dictatorial control over the reading of the poetry. Thus, we get a nice reading that particularizes the presence of the reviewer.


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