Although the poems in this collection are not narrative, they
do present a narrative, gradually unspooling the tale of the poet's
rebel aunt, who left the family "to marry a Chinaman" in the 1930s.
It's an old story, full of poignancy, mystery, family pride, and
doubt. When the aunt returns to die, the poet, now grown, discovers
in herself the need to reclaim the connections that her family had
severed. She travels to China several times-to learn. Gradually,
through wide-eyed insightful poems, we see the poet rebuild with
her Chinese cousins a sense of generation, family, and
humanity-bridging over all that divides us. Elinor Benedict has
also received the Mademoiselle Fiction Prize, a Michigan Council
for the Arts Award, and an Editor's Grant from the Coordinating
Council of Literary Magazines (CLMP). She earned an M.F.A. in
writing from Vermont College and her work has also appeared in
various literary journals and in five chapbooks.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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