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Bite Hard

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The first collection by award-winning performance artist/poet Justin Chin. In Bite Hard, poet Justin Chin explores his identity as an Asian, a gay man, an artist, and a lover. He rails against both his own life experiences and society's limitations and stereotypes with scathing humor, bare-bones honesty, and unblinking detail. Whether addressing "what really goes on in the ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Manic D Press, Inc. (first published 1997)
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SmarterLilac
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun, freewheeling and experimental, these poems are some of my favorite from this author. Though he takes us to occasionally horrifying places, (like the poem "The Bridegroom," featuring the former prisoner who was not raped in prison because the other inmates thought he was "diseased" due to his gayness) Chin's writing is always satisfying. You can always count on this poet to hit the center of your emotional target.
Hank
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first heard "Refuging" as a reading before Chin had ever published. I was stunned by the power of this writing. Among my favorite light-hearted reads are "What really goes on in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant" and "ex-boyfriends named Michael."
Misti Rainwater-Lites
I like a lot of these poems but not all of them.
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Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-14, poetry, queer
Great cover, but an iffy collection.
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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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