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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822960001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822960003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Reading Cathy Song is like bathing with every window wide open. Her poems are awakenings--recognitions of spirit in simple gestures, reminders of the uncommon music in our common tongue--such that even the elegiac and cautionary become inexplicably pleasing. In these beautiful poems, the body of our language is truly felt in a fresh light.”
--Mark Cox

"These poems do not simply tell a story from the perspective of one but of many -- of the hopeless, rich, frivolous, and relentless. Recommended for academic and public libraries."
--Library Journal

"Cloud Moving Hands is Song's best work. More of the heart and mind and soul are integrated than ever. More finely seen differentiations arise. Deeper chords are struck. She moves more and more into the unknown. This book is a gift to her readers."
--Li-Young Lee

About the Author

Cathy Song is the author of four previous books of poetry: Picture Bride, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize; Frameless Windows, Squares of Light; School Figures; and The Land of Bliss.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on August 6, 2008
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I am an admirer of Ms. Song's poetry. I have read all of her published poetry and I am always pleased when a new volume comes out. Though this volume is more uneven than her previous work, there is some great verse here.

"My Beautiful Daughter Calls to Tell Me It's Snowing" is one of the best of this collection and belongs with the best of what Ms. Song has written. It is the type of poem at which she excels: a exploration of the mother/daughter relationship through (what I assume is) a real memory, grounded in reality as a link to something true. Song compares her experience as a mother with a daughter in college--the same college she went to--to that of her mother sending her to college. The differences between her experience as the poor immigrant student to her daughter's as a solidly middle class student are profound and yet, a common thread runs through. It is a beautiful piece of work.

In fact, it is whenever Ms. Song stays grounded in the real that she comes up with great images. For example, in "The Man Moves Earth" she describes using work to combat grief and gives us this: "Trees that have lived/out their lives,/he cuts and stacks/like loaves of bread/which he will feed the fire."--a great image of death feeding life. Or "The Land of Good Intentions" which describes children keeping their mother alive on life support where "Tubes infiltrate her body, keep her/pinned to the wreakage./They do not hear her screaming..."

On the other hand, when she gets more abstract, her poetry suffers. The only poem of this type that really succeeds is "The Temple of Our Dilemma" which is a moving poem of children lost (most likely through abortion, though perhaps miscarriage). It, too, belongs with the best of Ms. Song's poetry.
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