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Minnesota-born, New-Hampshire-based Vietnamese American Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016). Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translations appear or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Bellevue Literary Review, The Best of the Raintown Review, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. She has a B.A. in mathematics and an M.D.

Link to purchase Six Rivers: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781...
Link to purchase A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora: http://anchorplume.bigcartel.com/prod...

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Jenna Le Hi Arthur, thanks for your question. I first read Auden as a rather young girl: in childhood, I owned one of those "Everyman Pocket Poets" editions of…moreHi Arthur, thanks for your question. I first read Auden as a rather young girl: in childhood, I owned one of those "Everyman Pocket Poets" editions of his work. I must confess that it took me many years to come around to appreciating Auden's civic preoccupations, the strong political undercurrents in his work: as a kid, I was most interested in simple romantic poems written from an "I" perspective, and Auden's frequent evocation of an unromantic, unindividuated "we" perspective left me cold at first. But I remember being immediately enraptured by the master's technical brilliance, particularly his facility with nonce forms and unconventional rhyme schemes. Take a poem like "Musee des Beaux Arts": many people don't realize that this poem, which masquerades as a simple free-verse poem, actually has an intricate interlacing rhyme scheme, wherein every end-word except one rhymes with exactly one other end-word (wrong/along, understood/wood, waiting/skating, be/tree, forgot/spot, course/horse, away/may, cry/sky, shone/on, green/seen). These subtle and intricate embroideries of sound excited me, making me realize that there's much more to poetic form than the flashy singsong stuff that many folks envision when they think of poetic form. It made me realize that there exist millions of shades of gray I had previously never known of. It was a revelation to me, like what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they discovered that there exist numbers outside of the rational numbers, all these infinitesimal distances on the number line that they never knew existed.(less)
Jenna Le Sagar, I apologize for not seeing this question earlier! I did not mean to ignore you. I share my writing for many reasons, one of which is that I…moreSagar, I apologize for not seeing this question earlier! I did not mean to ignore you. I share my writing for many reasons, one of which is that I (perhaps foolishly, naively, and self-importantly) believe there is something in my writing that others will find unsettling, entertaining, edifying, titillating, loneliness-reducing, or otherwise valuable. The authors I read and loved as a child -- prose writers like Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Henry David Thoreau, Bertrand Russell, Brenda Ueland, Janet Frame, Amy Tan, and Jamaica Kincaid and poets like Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, e.e. cummings, W.H. Auden, Guillaume Apollinaire, and countless others -- all touched my life ineffably, and I wouldn't put my writing out there if I didn't hope (perhaps foolishly, naively, and self-importantly) that it might touch others similarly.(less)
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I'm grateful to Paul David Adkins for reviewing A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora in The Los Angeles Review: http://losangelesreview.org/book-revi...

And to Eric Nguyen for his review of the book at one of my favorite websites, diaCRITICS: http://diacritics.org/?p=28635

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