The Palace of Contemplating Departure (Paperback)

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Brynn Saito's debut collection of poetry begins in a cityscape and ends deep in the cloud-filled valley, traversing myriad terrains both emotional and physical as it weaves towards completion. From the bays of Denmark to the deserts of California, Saito's searching lyricism gathers stories of sudden departures, forced removals, and the journeys chosen in between. Narrative selections inspired by childhood, sisterhood, lost loves and newfound freedoms are cased by interludes of otherworldly visions and persona poems spoken from many perspectives animal and otherwise. This is a book about the ever-present capacity for wonder, transformation, and change: The fighter is in me, claims the speaker in the poem Winter in Denmark, and the future is in me. Inside every moment of rage or loss beneath tough city sidewalks and under the quiet of a moonlit valley is another moment, ripe with possibility and foretelling the future sky.

About the Author

Brynn Saito is the winner of Red Hen Press s 2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Ninth Letter, Hayden s Ferry Review, Pleiades, and Drunken Boat, among other journals. Brynn was born in the Central Valley of California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. She received an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in religious studies from NYU. Currently, Brynn lives in the Bay Area and teaches in San Francisco."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781597097161
ISBN-10: 1597097160
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2013
Pages: 85
Language: English