A reissuing of The River of Heaven, poems by Garrett Hongo.
Library JournalIn its concerns and techniques, Hongo's second bookthe 1987 Lamont Poetry Selectionsuggests comparisons to Wordsworth and Whitman. Combining the former's preoccupation with personal remembrance and the latter's penchant for syntactic repetition and catalogs, Hongo attempts to dazzle the reader with megadoses of imagery both lush (``the harpstring shade of tree ferns'') and frank (``a patch of wild land full of blown garbage''). Sometimes he flirts with excess (``spider lilies and ginger flowers like paper cranes/ furling in the tongues of overgrowth''), but the character studies and first-person narratives that speak of life in nonwhite America attain an authority unobscured by imagistic mannerisms.Fred Muratori, Cornell Univ. Lib.
- Carnegie-Mellon University Press
- Publication date:
- Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
What People are saying about this
William Matthews“Garrett Hongo has the poetic skills to match his amplitude of feeling and sympathy, and his The River of Heaven is a wonderful book.”
Maxine Hong Kingston“I love The River of Heaven for its stories and people. Garrett Hongo searches out those who inhabit alleys, islands, old graveyards, piers, and learns that ‘splendor must be something of what we all want.’ He extends splendorand the sight and voice and concern of American poetry.”
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