Poets Jane Wong, Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Muriel Leung explore the ways histories impact the work of Asian American writing across time and space.
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"Jane takes us from the Great Leap Forward to going toward the ghost, arguing that her role as an Asian American poet is to bear witness to a "history of trauma and migration", and offers that this is a "poetics of haunting" that is essential to reclaim histories and narratives that remain untold, or worse, are simply forgotten."
Bill Radke and KUOW poetry correspondent Elizabeth Austen discuss an excerpt of "Pastoral Power," a sprawling, image-driven poem by local poet Jane Wong. The poem is rooted in a trip Wong took as a teenager to the rural village in southern China where her mother grew up. Then, listen to "Pastoral Power", read by the poet herself.