In this striking first collection of poems, the grainy strangeness of the
modern world is transformed into a place at once knowable and enduring.
"Welcome to a poetic voice that represents no less than a manifestation of
soul. In Mộng-Lan's debut book, she has taken on the daunting responsibility
of representing the Vietnamese nation and culture, via imagery, consciousness, and memory. Hers is a stunning
experiment and a historical imperative."-Jane Miller
"In Asian tradition, poetry and visual art go hand in hand, with the
collaboration of work, image, and calligraphy. Mộng-Lan's first book renews
this tradition for American poetry, and with a startling subject matter. Her
poems and drawings dealing with Viet Nam reflect the awe, the anger, and the
mourning of the expatriate who returns to the country of her birth.
"Mộng-Lan is a remarkably accomplished poet. Always her poems are deft,
extremely graceful in the way words move, and in the cadence that carries them. One is moved by the articulate character of 'things seen,' the subtle
shifting of images, and the quiet intensity of their information. Clearly she is a master of the
Winner of the 2000 Juniper Prize