Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy lyric

Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy lyric

by Henry Wei Leung


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632430403
Publisher: Omnidawn Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

HENRY WEI LEUNG is the author of a chapbook, Paradise Hunger (2012), and the translator of Wawa’s Pei Pei the Monkey King (2016). He earned his degrees from Stanford and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, and has been the recipient of Kundiman, Soros, and Fulbright Fellowships. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in such journals as the Crab Orchard Review, The Offing, Spillway, and ZYZZYVA. He is the Managing Editor of the Hawai’i Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction Cathy Park Hong 13

I Neither Donkey Nor Horse

Preamble: Room for Cadavers 17

Life Sentences Sonnet for the Goddess 18

Disobedience 20

Island of the Goddess 22

(First erasure) 29

An Umbrella: Revolution 30

Goods of Democracy 31

Portsmouth Square, San Francisco Chinatown 33

Victims of Communism Memorial, Washington, DC 35

II Neither Death Nor Life Nor Angels

An Umbrella: Movement 41

(Next erasure) 42

Translation Poem for Hong Kong 43

Island of the Goddess 46

Imperfect Mountain 49

Dear Exile 50

Archery for a Future Daughter 51

III Ruins Above Water

[1] 55

[2] 58

[3] 61

IV Neither Self Nor Not-Self Nor Both Nor Neither

(Last erasure) 67

Meeting the Woman Who Forged My Birth Certificate 68

Echocardiograms 71

Mother Country 74

Dirge for the Goddess 75

Still Life at an Atrocity Camp 77

Quarantine 78

Son I'll Never Have 79

Father Empire 80

Struggle After the Womb 81

Island of the Goddess 82

"Open Heart," or Happiness Translated As "Wound" 83

Ardor Essay 84

Shells in the Soil 86

Independence Creed: An Amendment 87

Envoi at Low Tide

(Before erasure) 93

Dedication Endnote 94

Acknowledgments 99

What People are Saying About This

Cathy Park Hong

“Henry Wei Leung’s Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy lyric is a powerful poetics on civil disobedience. The voice is both impassioned and detached, coalescing into prose passages or atomizing into words scattered on the page. Leung not only documents disobedience, but historicizes it, turns it to a global question, and asks what comes after.”

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