Poor Anima

Poor Anima

by Khaty Xiong




Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Women's Studies. "Khaty Xiong writes a penumbra poetry. In POOR ANIMA, lyric and narrative intertwine to form a site where 'blacknesses trade spaces with each other, extensions/of shadow and smoke.' Xiong's poetry is also a sacrificial poetry, both in the sense that it knows and performs ritual, and in the sense that it gives itself up, completely, to currents that it perceives but can't tame. Don't be tricked into thinking that Xiong's limpid language is the result of uncomplicated thinking. These poems are deeply strange, deeply courageous, deeply beautiful. They 'grow back the mysteriousness passed on/through the exodus we sprang from.'"—Elizabeth Robinson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985100773
Publisher: Apogee Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Khaty Xiong is a second-generation Hmong-American from Fresno, CA. Born to Hmong refugees from Laos, she is the seventh daughter among her 15 brothers and sisters. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana, and is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Deer Hour (New Michigan Press, 2014) and Elegies (University of Montana, 2013), which was the winning manuscript for the university's annual Merriam-Frontier Award. POOR ANIMA is her first full-length collection. Currently, she resides in Dublin, OH.

Table of Contents

Refine 7

Part 1

Pavor Nocturnus 10

Rounding 11

Coop 12

Fenced 13

Ballad 14

Composition 24

Pork Rinds, Watered Rice 26

"Being Hmong Means Being Free" 27

Bad Blood 28

A Blushing Bride 29

Thursday 30

"Would You But Guide" 31

Part 2

Poor Anima 34

Sister of a Poisoned Day 35

Untitled (I have been) 36

Northwest 37

Over the Brow 38

Postcard to Nicaragua 39

Bald Eagle 40

Sunday 41

Teeth 42

Notes 43

Casualties 44

Sugarcane 45

Escorted By Shadows 46

For the Devil 47

Coma 48

Pattern Recognition 49

Childhood 50

Wednesday 51

Dear Father 52

Arabian Princess 53

From Hibernation 54

Judgment Hour 55

Low-Grade 56

Part 3

My Cherubs Know Napalm Flames 60

Tiger-Man 61

"The Leak, or the Rip, of the Ever-Porous, Ever-Shifting" 63

The Everyday Elements of Tragedy 64

Friday 65

Smoked 66

Debts 67

A Woman Rides Bus 12 68

Studied 69

Tuesday 70

Postcard to Nicaragua 71

Dear Mother 72

A.M. Dimensions 73

Mother Light: 75 Evening Lessons 76

Song of the After-Life 77

Fire Mountain 78

Notes 81

Acknowledgments 83

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