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Yu-Han Chao writes with delicacy and power. Her poems speak on many levels about life, relationships and personal nightmares. Her work flows from a mix of traditional Chinese culture, contemporary Taiwan and post-modern America. The resulting poems contain beauty and often wisdom. Many are worth reading over and over again. -Joe Farley
Paperback, 68 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Backwaters Press
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Rob
Aug 04, 2012 Rob rated it did not like it
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Wow. My first 1-star review.

Let me start by saying that I really enjoy Chinese poetry in general. I lived in Beijing for a while and my fiance lived in Shanghai for 2 years (she's fluent in Mandarin). We have calligraphy art of Chinese poetry on our walls. This isn't to say I'm an expert at all (the art was hers and she knows much more about it than I), but I do really, really enjoy it. It was one of the primary reasons I loved The Story of the Stone (one of the volumes was almost entirely poetr
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Sharon
Dec 03, 2008 Sharon rated it really liked it
A lovely collection of prose-poetry with meditations on aging, family and love highlighted by bittersweet and humorous moments. Yu-han Chao has a fascination with her elders, and many of these short pieces weave a tender narrative about a variety of "old loves"—the low but strong fires of a long marriage, or the passion between a young woman and her much older lover. The best of these pieces tell short stories with the wisdom of a koan, presenting the complexity and contradiction of life in ...more
Donna
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
This is a book of prose poems that are truly poetry. See my review in upcoming issue of Redactions journal of poetry and poetics.
Ashley Lim Fang Ru
Mar 09, 2016 Ashley Lim Fang Ru rated it really liked it
To my little astonishment, its not quite a profound book. The author does not display superb writing, but it leaves me with a tough of purity & authenticity.
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May 21, 2012 Yu-han Chao rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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