Mosquito and Ant

Mosquito and Ant

by Kimiko Hahn
Mosquito and Ant

Mosquito and Ant

by Kimiko Hahn

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Overview

This breakthrough volume by award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn is her most rigorously "female" work to date as she reclaims the female body and reinvents an ancient Chinese correspondence.

Mosquito and Ant refers to the style in which nu shu—a nearly extinct script used by Chinese women to correspond with one another—is written. Here in this exciting and totally original book of poems the narrator corresponds with L. about her hidden passions, her relationship with her husband and adolescent daughters, lost loves, and erotic fantasies. Kimiko Hahn's collection takes shape as a series of wide-ranging correspondences that are in turn precocious and wise, angry and wistful. Borrowing from both Japanese and Chinese traditions, Hahn offers us an authentic and complex narrator struggling with the sorrows and pleasures of being a woman against the backdrop of her Japanese-American roots.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393320626
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/17/2000
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kimiko Hahn has published more than ten books and is the 2023 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She teaches in the MFA program for creative writing and literary translation at Queens College, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

The Razor13
Wax17
Morning Light19
Kafka's Erection22
Reflections Off White24
Note on Thematic Redundancy in Women's Verse, No. One27
Mosquito and Ant28
Jam31
The Tumbler33
Pine35
Note on Thematic Redundancy in Women's Verse, No. Two37
Translating Ancient Lines into the Vernacular41
Zinc42
The Downpour44
The Akashi Woman Speaks above a Whisper50
Garnet51
Chekov's Diner53
"Guard the Jade Pass"55
Orchid Root57
A Boat down the River of Yellow Silt60
Radiator61
Clippings63
Annotation in Her Last Court Diary65
Lady Rokujo Hails a Taxi66
Croissant67
A Late Entry in the First Wife's Pillow Book69
The Lunar Calendar She Pins to the Door70
The Intelligentsia of the Chin Dynasty Desire Desire71
Tissue72
Chuang Tzu's Mistress Sleeps in a Draft73
Untitled74
The New Calligraphy Tutor Is a Woman76
Responding to Light77
Komachi to Shosho on the Ninety-ninth Night81
Becoming the Mother85
Sewing without Mother89
Notes101
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