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Black Lightning: Poetry-In-Progress (Asian American Writers Worksh) Paperback – June 10, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1889876030 ISBN-10: 1889876038

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Product Details

  • Series: Asian American Writers Worksh
  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Asian American Writers' Workshop (June 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889876038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889876030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,627,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here 14 Asian American poets display the process of their poems and discuss their sources of inspiration, which include paintings, readings, personal encounters, countries of origin, and the sight of "dog piss." Tabios (poet and editor of the Asian Pacific American Journal) then presents drafts of poems from early stages through numerous alterations, deletions (sometimes entire pages), and additions, all with explanations. This makes for slow reading but engrossing revelations and ultimately rewarding insights into the birth of a poem. Tabios's skillful interviews help the poets reveal their modus operandi. That the writers are Asian American hardly matters; this is a valuable source for poets, aspiring poets, and poetry-lovers. Recommended for creative writing collections.?Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is a collection of poetry-in-progress essays and interviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author has taken an approach which has been thought of by few people in the past and written a book which is the perfect textbook for all aspiring poets. One can learn a tremendous amount through watching the 'work in progress' of poets of such diverse styles and interests. This book represents a major contribution to anyone who has ever been seriously interested in writing poetry or studying the art of the poet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
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If there is one word that can describe Black Lightning, then perhaps the word boundless might come to mind, but even then that won't quite suffice. As author Eileen Tabios writes, "Black Lightning is many things: a miracle, an exercise in trust, a conversation, an experiment, a matter of idealism, and ultimately, a love affair." Everything from the different forms, styles, inspirations, images, and issues that worked to create the poetry filling these pages is capable of speaking to readers of all different personalities and backgrounds, "elicit[ing] different responses" at different times. But really, what makes it boundless is not just what exists on the pages we read but what exists in the spaces in between. Black Lightning is a quest for all involved to engage in this project of mapping out the human experience, mapping not only that which we can articulate in words but also that which articulates in a fashion that captures and eludes our imagination. Black Lightning is a book of the poetry-in-progress by 14 Asian American writers. Each article is rich with interviews, essays, excerpts of inspiration writings, and the reworkings of drafts of poetry towards their accomplished ends. Each is dedicated to the unique and powerful experiences and processes each writer goes through to create their masterpieces. Black Lightning belongs to a very important juncture in Asian American writing, capturing the widening scope in which Asian American writers are writing. Our concerns have expanded beyond race and ethnicity; they have even expanded beyond social and political issues although these will remain an integral part of Asian American literature.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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Solitude may fuel imagination, and what happens behind closed doors is often kept in secrecy by poets and writers. Black Lightning opens that door for us and lets us in to have a look at some poets' processes, almost like being allowed to sit there in their private spaces. Although we have different ways of approaching poetry and the life around it, it is still very fascinating to see the revelations of these very visible Asian American poets. It's a gem of a collection. Did I mention the very beautiful cover? Give it space on your shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
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In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads. Its focus upon rough language and its praise of the supernatural changed English poetics forever. In 1998 Black Lightning redirects our attention from the poem and the poet to the technology of poetry. Eileen Tabios presents knowledge that writers may use to turn base metals into sun-proof wings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
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In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads. Its focus upon rough language and its praise of the supernatural changed English poetics forever. In 1998 Black Lightning redirects our attention from the poem and the poet to the technology of poetry. Eileen Tabios presents knowledge that writers may use to turn base metals into sun-proof wings.
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