Publisher:Marsh Hawk Press

Author:Meredith Cole

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Miniatures Description

Poetry. Asian American Studies. "There is a subtle mind embodied in Meredith Cole's quick poems, which operate on an odd combination of understatement, inference and smart-aleckness. As the title MINIATURES suggests, her poems are often constructs of transience and delicacy from a quasi-Asian tradition—but these values are also challenged and debunked by the wit and pragmatism of a highly American speaker. This collection is a lively, worthwhile and engaging trip."—Tony Hoagland

"Reading MINIATURES made my head spin; it was so perfect and puzzling at the same time. The world of these poems is like ours, but not exactly. Facts are snipped from provocative stories to make sure we don't know too much. A refrain addresses the reader: 'you have never been to Japan.' We are in Japan and Hawaii, among expats and locals, looking in at their relationships, their landscapes, their gardens and fields of daisies, orchids, lilies, as through the windows of a doll house. The poems are like origami—things are tucked and hidden inside, but if you unfold it you lose the beauty, the charm, the strangeness, the enjoyment of fine craftsmanship. Every poem a surprise, a mystery, a thing-in-itself, a world where pain is 'the famous dewdrop hovering on a leaf, / a man hosing a butcher shop from blood,' where on a cloudy day 'Wet fishing nets drop in the far-off sea,' and where a poem beginning 'Let's have a long boring talk about our relationship, / he said on the local that sped through the foreign town / toward a world famous hot spring' made me laugh. I was charmed and mesmerized by Meredith Cole's art. You will be too."—Alicia Ostriker

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