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The Truth in Rented Rooms

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Poetry. "Luckily it's the world. Miraculously, Koon Woon is alive in it, reminding us, joyful and brilliant, sad as salt, untranslatable - live! Li Po in modern drag, the voice of New America, samo scrabbling to pay rent - your father is buried in the same cemetery as Bruce Lee, you Karate chop Whitman's block of wood, eat egg tarts to feel Chinese, and buy a Japanese auto ...more
Paperback, 97 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Kaya Press
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effortlessly original, soulful like a thousand year old fish, un-adorned prose poems that remind you what honesty can mean.
Nov 21, 2011 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers, seekers of beauty
Recommended to Josh by: fate
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I haven't known Koon Woon or his writing for very long, but this book has become an integral part of my life. And when I befriended him through Facebook and we started to talk about his life, my life, and art, I knew that I was talking to an unsung genius. I am now proud to call him my friend and something of a long-distance mentor. He's introduced me to the Tao Te Ching and has helped me to understand the films of Akira Kurosawa, the poems of Li Po, and the music of the Beach Boys. And this sli ...more
Interesting collection of poetry. Liked some of it more than others, but then I like a bit of structure to my free verse and verse that is not too dense. I will definitely be rereading portions of this.
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Bio for Melanie Noels’ Apostrophe Reading Series

Koon Woon was born in a small village near Canton, China in 1949, immigrated to the United States in 1960. He has been a Chinese waiter and cook, US postal and factory worker, mathematics and philosophy student, a former resident of Seattle’s Chinatown district, newspaper reporter, activist for housing and tenant rights, and finally earn his right a
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