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The Book of Jade (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize Library) Paperback – December 1, 2002
This is an unforgettable book. Wang employs a strange and strangely disturbing, invented form, something between a psalm and a prose poem. In clipped paragraphs, she conducts us through narratives that start as stories and end in dreamlike images. This device could, in less assured hands, become dull with repetition. Instead, the poet sharpens the details in each piece to almost unbearable points. Although the autobiographical and historical facts that underpin the book are themselves striking and often tragic--Wang, born in China, saw and heard of numbing human cruelties--the overall effect is to exalt the human capacity to survive, and even to love, despite circumstances. Winner of the Nicholas Roerich poetry prize, this book and this poet deserve great attention. Patricia Monaghan
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What a rush. I was alternately astounded, shocked, confused, frightened, awed, amused, and delighted, by the very intelligent poetry in this book.
Carol Davis Koss