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Picture Bride

Picture Bride

Cathy Song
Foreword by Richard Hugo
Copyright Date: 1983
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 89
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt32bw10
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    Picture Bride
    Book Description:

    The winning volume in the 1982 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Cathy Song'sPicture Bride, a book about people and their innumerable journeys. Distinguished poet Richard Hugo says, "Cathy Song's poems are flowers: colorful, sensual, and quiet, and they are offered almost shyly as bouquets to those moments in life that seemed minor but in retrospect count the most. She often reminds a loud, indifferent, hard world of what truly matters to the human spirit."Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1955,Cathy Songreceived a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1977 and an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University in 1981. Her poems have appeared in an anthology of asian-pacific literature and inDark Horse, The Greenfield Review,andWest Branch.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-16196-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Richard Hugo

    The final line of Cathy Song’s book,Picture Bride, reads “Someone very quiet once lived here.” This poem,The Seamstress, is about someone Song knows, or has fictionalized (and knows), and now speaks for. Parts of the poem, including the final line, might be said to apply to Song herself, the poet who “lived here.” In Cathy Song’s quietude lies her strength. In her receptivity, passive as it seems, lies passion, a passion that is expressed in deceptive quiet and an even tone. She receives experiences vividly and without preset attitude. Her senses are lucky to have remained childlike and...

  4. I Black Iris

  5. II Sunflower

  6. III Orchids

    • Beauty and Sadness
      (pp. 37-38)
    • Girl Powdering Her Neck from a ukiyo-e print by Utamaro
      (pp. 39-40)
    • Ikebana
      (pp. 41-42)
    • Blue and White Lines after O’Keeffe
      (pp. 43-48)
  7. IV Red Poppy

  8. V The White Trumpet Flower

  9. Glossary
    (pp. 83-84)
  10. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 85-85)