Engine Empire

ISBN-10: 039334648X
ISBN-13: 9780393346480
Edition: 2013
Authors: Cathy Park Hong
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

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.

Ballad of Our Jim
Fort Ballads
Ballad in O
Abecedarian Western
Ballad in A
Man that Scat
Bowietown Ballads
Ballad in I
The Song of Katydids
Shangdu, My Artful Boomtown!
Year of the Pig
Aubade
Market Forces Are Brighter Than the Sun
Adventures in Shangdu
The Engineer of Vertical Frontiers
A Little T�te-�-t�te
Gift
Seed Seller's Sonnet
The World Cloud
Come Together
Year of the Amateur
Engines Within the Throne
A Visitation
The Infinite Reply
Ready-Made
Who's Who
A Wreath of Hummingbirds
The Golden State
The Quattrocento
Get Away from It All
Fable of the Last Untouched Town
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