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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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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.
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 ...moreMore about Justin Chin