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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 shua nearly extinct script used by Chinese women to correspond with one anotheris 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.
|Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
|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
|Reflections Off White
|Note on Thematic Redundancy in Women's Verse, No. One
|Mosquito and Ant
|Note on Thematic Redundancy in Women's Verse, No. Two
|Translating Ancient Lines into the Vernacular
|The Akashi Woman Speaks above a Whisper
|"Guard the Jade Pass"
|A Boat down the River of Yellow Silt
|Annotation in Her Last Court Diary
|Lady Rokujo Hails a Taxi
|A Late Entry in the First Wife's Pillow Book
|The Lunar Calendar She Pins to the Door
|The Intelligentsia of the Chin Dynasty Desire Desire
|Chuang Tzu's Mistress Sleeps in a Draft
|The New Calligraphy Tutor Is a Woman
|Responding to Light
|Komachi to Shosho on the Ninety-ninth Night
|Becoming the Mother
|Sewing without Mother