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Harmless Medicine

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Fiercely devoted to the margins of life in the generation after the devastating first wave of the AIDS epidemic, this cathartic collection of poems explores illness, travel, contagion, the meaning of home, identity, tainted purity, and the bits of life that contain them and hold them together in spite of the harsh exigency of daily life. In more than 40 pieces, Chin fearle
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Manic D Press, Inc. (first published 2001)
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Amazing. Chin is such an underrated poet and writer. Too many great poems in here to choose favourites.
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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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“We grow up and figure out the truth,
we realize how hard it is
to maintain and take care
of life, even the ones
that deceive you, especially
the ones you cherish”
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“A charm has only as much power as one puts into it./ I wear it because it is such a pretty thing./ And the person who gave it to me/ cared enough for my protection:/ a reason greater than any faith.” 3 likes
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