Afterland

Afterland

by Mai Der Vang

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555977702
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 373,663
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mai Der Vang is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and coeditor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Table of Contents

Another Heaven 3

Dear Soldier of the Secret War 7

Light from a Burning Citadel 10

Tilting Our Tears on a Pendulum of Salt 12

Water Grave 13

Carry the Beacon 14

To the Placenta of Return 16

Yellow Rain 17

Lima Site 20 19

Transmigration 20

Toward Home 21

Dear Exile 22

Matriarch 23

Beyond the Backyard 24

Sojourn with Snow 25

Original Bones 29

The Hour after Stars 30

My Attire Is the Kingdom 31

After All Have Gone 32

Grand Mal 33

Last Body 34

Gray Vestige 35

Heart Swathing in Late Summer 36

Meditation of the Lioness 37

Days of '87 38

At Birth I Was Given a Book 39

Late Harvest 40

Cipher Song 41

I Am the Whole Defense 45

Diadem on Lined Paper 46

Ear to the Night 47

Phantom Talker 49

This Heft upon Your Leaving 50

Final Dispatch from Laos 52

Terminus 53

I the Body of Laos and All My UXOs 54

With Animal 55

Ambush 56

A Mouth and Its Name 58

To the Longhorn Hmong 59

Mother of People without Script 60

When the Mountains Rose beneath Us, We Became the Valley 61

I Shovel into the Heart to Find Its Naked Face 65

Three 66

Crash Calling 67

Thrasher 68

Progeny 69

The Howler 70

Offering the Ox 71

Dear Shaman 72

Dressing the Departed 74

In the Swallow's Breath It Is You 76

Calling the Lost 77

The Spirit Meal 78

Gathering the Last of the Dark 80

Your Mountain Lies Down with You 82

Afterland 85

Notes 91

Acknowledgments 93

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