A Plucked Zither

A Plucked Zither

by Phuong Vuong
A Plucked Zither

A Plucked Zither

by Phuong Vuong


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A Plucked Zither explores what happens to language and thus emotions and relationships under conditions of migration, specifically refugee migration from Vietnam, and its aftermath. Crisscrossing between making a home in the U.S. and home in Vietnam, the speaker tries non-linear, multilingual voice(s) that demonstrates the disparate nature of memory and the operation of other ways of knowing. Efforts to speak reflect the severing created by historical forces of war and imperialism, while speaking makes connection possible and remains tied to that very history. Vuong leans on the anti-war Vietnamese singer and songwriter, Trịnh Công Sơn, for a poetic lineage on grief, longing, and justice. Rather than being sunken with loss, the speaker(s) move with it, leaping across gaps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636280950
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 06/06/2023
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Phuong T. Vuong cannot stop thinking about language, memory, and migration. She has been awarded fellowships from Tin House, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. Her publications have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Asian American Writers' Workshop: The Margins, and elsewhere. Her interviews and reviews have been published in journals like The Rumpus and The Adroit Journal. In 2019, her debut poetry collection, The House I Inherit, was published by Finishing Line Press and explores intergenerational trauma and forms of diasporic love. Hailing from Oakland, by way of Hue, Viet Nam, Phuong is currently a PhD student in Literature and a James K. Binder Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, situated on Kumeyaay land. She researches Asian American feminism and is probably drinking Earl Grey tea right this second. Twitter and Instagram: @writephuong

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