New : Prescient poems rhyme with these times
FLOAT TRUE, a poetic debut by Deborah Jang, startles as it reckons with today's headlines
By: Jang Studio
+ Of police brutality, Jang confronts the "twitchy trigger finger punctuating murder with a slur." (Witness, p37)
+ Re quarantine and climate change, she metaphorically instructs herself to "Shelter here in place". (Climate change, p53)
+ She praises Colin Kaepernick, who is recently experiencing potential redemption through public opinion and NFL policy correction around player protest: "I, with you, protest the mood / where people of the darker hues / get broken, battered by some suits / whose promise to protect and serve / fails to deliver." (Crush, p62-63)
+ Of racism, she recalls childhood trauma, wondering, "had they rehearsed / Or was it spontaneous humiliation?"
+ On behalf of immigrants, BIPOC, and marginalized others, she pleads, "Welcome the stranger at the end of the block with words that heal, not bleed." (Welcome, with hand gestures, p34-35)
+ Of authoritarianism-
+ Of democracy, she warns Lady Liberty, "Rising waters swamp the cries / of humankind's undoing." (Guanyin to Lady Liberty, p18)
+ And of hope, she reflects "Waters yet are rising. Horrors / hulk horizons. Stroke strong / deep while keeping time / to the heart's own beating." (Dwell, p11)
Through personal story, reflection, and emotion, Jang seeks to make meaning of life's crushing parts and mysteries, while imparting moments of serenity and outbursts of ecstatic joy in nature, especially water. FLOAT TRUE is a must-read for our times, and for all time.
AUTHOR QUOTE: "Releasing these poems during the catharsis of racial reckoning and into the trauma of a pandemic is auspicious in timing... may the words meet the moment with sufficient grace."
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