POETRY

I Wore My Blackest Hair

Little A: Amazon. Nov. 2017. 92p. ISBN 9781503941977. pap. $14.95. POETRY
COPY ISBN
An abusive father (Chinese in his fists…. I Google translated.Idiot girl. Idiot"). The immigrant's outsider identity struggle ("My English is hot, pursuing me with a gun"). Racist taunting ("the Chink is a mammal who loves dirt/ and kernels of white rice"). The anxieties of adolescence ("other girls' blood on toilet seats/ color of roses and jam"). Profound loneliness and longing ("I want to catch so much of this earth/ on the gentle tongue, but/ outside: there is only snow./ and inside: there is only muscle"). Fierce assertiveness, too (my mother is not/ from your country,/ and I am not/ ashamed"). Duan reveals it all with lyrical precision.
VERDICT An accomplished first collection for a wide range of readers.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month