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All the Flowers Kneeling

 Author: Paul Tran  Category: Poetry  Publisher: Penguin  Published: February 15, 2022  ISBN: 9780143136842  Pages: 113  Language: English  Tags: Nonbinary Author |  Alibris  Amazon  Bookshop org  Kobo  Libro.fm  Publisher  Find in a Library
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A profound meditation on physical, emotional, and psychological transformation in the aftermath of imperial violence and interpersonal abuse, from a poet both “tender and unflinching” (Khadijah Queen)

Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran’s debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors.

At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.

What others are saying:

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Pick Named a Best Book of 2022 by The New Yorker

“Paul Tran’s debut collection of poems is indelible, this remarkable voice transforming itself as you read, eventually transforming you.” —Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“This powerful debut marshals narrative lyrics and stark beauty to address personal and political violence.” —New York Times Book Review

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