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Gutted

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“At his most flippant, Chin is downright charming.”—Publishers Weekly

While trying to make sense of this ever-churning, terror-filled world, poet Justin Chin found himself traveling repeatedly home to Southeast Asia—a region unnerved and raging with SARS and the Avian Flu—to help care for his father who had suddenly been declared terminally ill with cancer. In addition to h
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Barbara
Jul 07, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
An excerpt of my review of Gutted at Galatea Resurrects #4:

Grief is accurate. Grief is not accurate.
Do you want to know the facts or do you want
the details?

Justin Chin’s third poetry collection, Gutted, which is dedicated to the memory of Chin’s father, Dr. Chin Jeck Soon, is comprised of poems conveying a son’s exhaustion as he comes to terms with his father’s terminal illness, and his own illness, in which the death process, and the process of grieving are public and participatory. These p
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Jimmie
Aug 16, 2008 Jimmie rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, poesy
Bite Hard, one of Justin Chin's previous collections of poetry, is one of my favorite books. He very cleverly employs both rage and wit to express his thoughts and feelings about being Asian, queer, and an immigrant.

This new collection, Gutted, is an unexpected departure. Taking liberties with a Japanese style of poetry called zuihitsu, it's more a series of diary entries than poems per se. His subject matter, too, has changed dramatically. Chiefly, the poems deal with both his father's death af
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Jason Alley
Dec 16, 2007 Jason Alley rated it it was amazing
Chin's book is a collection of poems/dreams/recollections/musings occasioned by the death of his father due to terminal illness. I delved into this book last December as I was looking for narratives on/about grief. Though Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking" has received more literary attention and captures the surreal qualities of an unexpected passing, in my mind Chin cuts to the bone in rendering the dying of a loved one/parent. Both poetic and (un)sentimental, written with the characteri ...more
Eric Shaffer
Dec 23, 2013 Eric Shaffer rated it really liked it
Nice work, unusual approach, good lines: this book is a fine one. I recommend jumping wildly through the book trying to figure out where one poem ends and another begins. That exercise sharpens the attention you need to appreciate the larger arcs of connection between the works. Enjoy.
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Born in Malaysia, raised & educated in Singapore, shipped to the U.S. by way of Hawaii, and lived in San Francisco. Author of 3 books of poetry, all published by Manic D Press: Bite Hard (1997); Harmless Medicine (2001), a finalist in the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards; and, Gutted (2006), which received the 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry by the Publishing Triangle. Squeezed in be ...more
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“But I know, I know my death
will not kill me.
Rather it is the death of others
that will kill me.”
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