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Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Art. Bilingual Edition. Translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen. Dao Strom's YOU WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen as M�nh s? lu�n l� ng i n? n t? n?i n?, is a collection and is a re-collection, a "re-membering." Caressing the fault lines of history and self, the book locates ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Ajar
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Azarine Arinta
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dao Strom You Will Always Be Someone from Somewhere Else

I can say with certainty that this is one of my favorite poetry books. Dao Strom is a Vietnamese-American poet who captured an accurate and poetic feeling of being 'a fish out of a water' as an immigrant and refugee. The book was written in Vietnamese but translated to English by Ly Thuy Nguyen. The book is written in both languages with empty spaces between the word. The layout tried to capture the emotion of one's loneliness, isolation, and
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Il’ia
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got to see Dao Strom read, perform, and sing for work and was blown away by the mourning & longing her work elicited. Her use of hybrid forms (photography, video, music, translation) is the most effective way of translating the emotional reality of immigration/being torn from home that I have encountered, on the page & in person. It is important to acknowledge my position, to note that I am a white immigrant from Kazakhstan who has not returned home for eight years, and that Stroms ...more
Peter Rock
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book, really an experience. The combination of photographs and the Vietnamese translations (I do not read or speak Vietnamese!) adds a texture, a mystery and also a space to breathe amid the poetry and prose in English, all of it in resonance. Dao Strom is a writer I admire a lot.

"At moments anger would mount in me. I am from here too, I wanted to shout, and I've spent a lifetime caring, and carrying, what you think I've forgotten . . . "
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Dao Strom is the author of Grass Roof, Tin Roof and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys. She is also a writer of songs; she writes and records as The Sea and The Mother.

The New Yorker praised Strom's story collection,The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, as being "quietly beautiful...hip without being ironic."

Her latest work is a hybrid literary/music/art project, an experimental memoir, We Were
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