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Juvenilia by Ken Chen
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Ken Chen is the 2009 winner of the annual Yale Younger Poets competition. These poems of maturation chronicle the poet's relationship with his immigrant family and his unknowing attempt to recapture the unity of youth through comically doomed love affairs that evaporate before they start. Hungrily eclectic, the wry and emotionally piercing poems in this collection steal the forms of the shooting script, blues song, novel, memoir, essay, logical disputation, aphorism-even classical Chinese poetry in translation. But as contest judge Louise Gluck notes in her foreword, "The miracle of this book is the degree to which Ken Chen manages to be both exhilaratingly modern (anti-catharsis, anti-epiphany) while at the same time never losing his attachment to voice, and the implicit claims of voice: these are poems of intense feeling...Like only the best poets, Ken Chen makes with his voice a new category."

Author Biography

Ken Chen is the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. His work has been published or recognized in Best American Essays 2006, Best American Essays 2007, and The Boston Review of Books. A graduate of Yale Law School, he lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
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Contributor
Foreword by Louise Gluck
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
104
Dimensions
152x210x14
ISBN-13
9780300160079
Product ID
3946736

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