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From From

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Poems
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Monica Youn
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“Where are you from . . . ? No—where are you from from?” It’s a question every Asian American gets asked as part of an incessant chorus saying you’ll never belong here, you’re a perpetual foreigner, you’ll always be seen as an alien, an object, or a threat.

Monica Youn’s From From brilliantly evokes the conflicted consciousness of deracination. If you have no core of “authenticity,” no experience of your so-called homeland, how do you piece together an Asian American identity out of Westerners’ ideas about Asians? Your sense of yourself is part stereotype, part aspiration, part guilt. In this dazzling collection, one sequence deconstructs the sounds and letters of the word “deracinations” to create a sonic landscape of micro- and macroaggressions, assimilation, and self-doubt. A kaleidoscopic personal essay explores the racial positioning of Asian Americans and the epidemic of anti-Asian hate. Several poems titled “Study of Two Figures” anatomize and dissect the Asian other: Midas the striving, nouveau-riche father; Dr. Seuss and the imaginary daughter Chrysanthemum-Pearl he invented while authoring his anti-Japanese propaganda campaign; Pasiphaë, mother of the minotaur, and Sado, the eighteenth-century Korean prince, both condemned to containers allegorical and actual.

From From
is an extraordinary collection by a poet whose daring and inventive works are among the most vital in contemporary literature

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$17.00
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978-1-64445-221-9
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Paperback
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160
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6.5 x 9
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A major achievement by Monica Youn, "one of the most consistently innovative poets working today" (NPR)

About the Author

Monica  Youn
Credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Monica Youn is the author of From From, and three previous poetry collections: Blackacre, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Barter, and Ignatz, a finalist for the National Book Award. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University.
 
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Lars Horn (VOICE OF THE FISH), Bojan Louis (SINKING BELL), Manuel Muñoz (THE CONSEQUENCES), and Monica Youn (FROM FROM) reading and in conversation at AWP

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AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in College Park, MDview map
Location: Terrace Suite I, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4. "From From: Graywolf Press Writers on Origin and Dislocation." Moderated by Anni Liu, associate editor at Graywolf Press. Click here for more information and to register for AWP.

Monica Youn reading and in conversation about FROM FROM with Victoria Chang, presented by Skylight Books

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Skylight Books in Los Angeles, CAview map
Free and open to the public. Check back here for more information and registration details. Copies of From From are available for online purchase from Skylight Books

Praise

  • “The long prose poem, ‘In the Passive Voice,’ is virtuosic performance addressing, among other subjects, the challenges of maintaining racial solidarity under capitalism. Intimate yet expansive, Youn’s poems bring remarkable depth, candor, and intensity to personal and social history.”Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “This powerful book is, without a doubt, her best. Written during the Covid pandemic, a time punctuated by unrelenting and visible acts of anti-Asian violence, it speaks directly and unsentimentally of racism and misogyny while still retaining Youn's characteristic style; the familiar references to Greek myth feel catalytic and urgent.”—Dorothy Wang, Bomb
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