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ISBN-10: 039334648X
ISBN-13: 9780393346480
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 08/05/2013
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 6.00" W, 0.30" H

Engine Empire

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Engine Empire is a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems that evoke an array of genres and voices, from Western ballads to sonnets about industrialized China to fragmented lyric poems set in the future. Through three distinct yet interconnected sequences, Cathy Park Hong explores the collective consciousness of fictionalized boomtowns in order to explore the myth of prosperity. The first sequence, called Ballad of Our Jim, draws inspiration from the Old West and follows a band of outlaw fortune seekers who travel to a California mining town during the 1800s. In the second sequence, Shangdu, My Artful Boomtown! a fictional industrialized boomtown draws its inspiration from present-day Shenzhen, China. The third and last section, The World Cloud, is set in the far future and tracks how individual consciousness breaks up when everything–books, our private memories–becomes immediately accessible data. One of our most startlingly original poets, Hong draws together individual voices at odds with the world, voices that sing their wonder and terror.

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Part of what makes that worthwhile is Hong's ability to turn her language into more than pastiche, developing styles of writing that feel dense with the historical richness of the English language–a history of borrowing, invention, and manipulation that Hong honors, in part, by making room for her own inventiveness. . . . a sustaining book, one that believes in the value of being moved by words–the value, that is, of being human.. –Jonathan Farmer
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Details

ISBN-10: 039334648X
ISBN-13: 9780393346480
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 08/05/2013
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 6.00" W, 0.30" H
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