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Pursue by Nhan Trinh
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Feb 15, 2012

really liked it

Nhan Trinh's Pursue is a fine collection of Vietnamese American poetry, with some fascinating observations of life in the US from a poet's point of view. I'd take a look at poems of his such as "To Gautama," "Generation VK," and "On Sundays."

If the book suffers from anything, I would say it would be a lack of vietglish, but that in itself is interestingly telling. A bowl of pho is just noodle soup. We have mention of a pagoda and a sampan, but you have to really look into the stories Trinh relates through his poetry to see the journey he's sharing.

Beyond the narrative itself, the only really "new" term Nhan Trinh introduces us to is one tiny footnote regarding VK, an abbreviation for Viet Khieu, or Vietnamese living abroad. And in that, there's deep poetry.

And, from what I've heard recently, the last few copies are about to be remaindered or destroyed. If you're interested in this one, I'd get it soon.
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