How do we transform the wreckage of our identities? Cynthia Dewi Oka’s evocative collection answers this question by brimming with what we salvage from our most deep-seated battles. Reflecting the many dimensions of the poet’s life, Salvage manifests an intermixture of aesthetic forms that encompasses multiple social, political, and cultural contexts—leading readers to Bali, Indonesia, to the Pacific Northwest, and to South Jersey and Philadelphia. Throughout it insistently interrogates what it means to reach for our humanity through the guises of nation, race, and gender. Oka’s language transports us through the many bodies of fluid poetics that inhabit our migrating senses and permeate across generations into a personal diaspora. Salvage invites us to be without borders.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
CYNTHIA DEWI OKA is the author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry as well as grants from the Leeway Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. Oka is an alumnus of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and her work has appeared in the anthologies Dismantle, Read Women, and Revolutionary Mothering. She is based in the greater Philadelphia area, where she works as a community organizer with immigrant and faith communities.
Table of Contents
Merapi 5 What is Believed of Paradise Though We’ve No Chance of Escape, Encore 8 Ishtar in Suburbia 9 For Khalil, First Responder, Whose Name Means “Friend” 11 The American Dream Writes to Orpheus 13 Lazarus Reconsiders His Awakening 14 Elegy for the Hellfire 15 Orpheus is Mugged in the City of Brotherly Love 16 Garden State 17 After Hurricane Sandy 18 The Men Who Turned into Air 20 Nom de Guerre 21 Anthem 22 Jesus is Tested in the Downtown Eastside 23 Small Stubborn Gods How to Watch The Act of Killing 25 Self-Portrait as One Day on My Home Island of Bali 27 Suppose You Were a Komodo Dragon 29 Elegy for Red: A Zuihitsu 31 Sixteen 33 Winter Country 35 Promised Land: Sonnets for My Mother 36 Self-Portrait as the Last Will of Lot’s Wife 40 Remission 41 Pulses 42 Portrait of My Father as a Pianist 45 Poem for Prisoner #46664 46 Howl in Our Hands Arboretum 48 After Coltrane 49 Siege: In Response to the Man Who Asked Me, “Where is the Courage in Your Poetry?” 50 Aubade 54 Res Domestica 55 The Argument 57 Time Stops on Mount Batur 58 Tabuh Rah 60 From a Talisman’s Point of View 62 Breach 63 Tonight We Drink Whiskey & Dive 65 Salvage 67 Epilogue 68 Acknowledgments 73