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Circle

Victoria Chang

Publication Year: 2005

Taking its concept of concentricity from the eponymous Ralph Waldo Emerson essay, Circle, the first collection from Victoria Chang, adopts the shape as a trope for gender, family, and history. These lyrical, narrative, and hybrid poems trace the spiral trajectory of womanhood and growth and plot the progression of self as it ebbs away from and returns to its roots in an Asian American family and context. Locating human desire within the helixes of politics, society, and war, Chang skillfully draws arcs between T’ang Dynasty suicides and Alfred Hitchcock leading ladies, between the Hong Kong Flower Lounge and an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, the Rape of Nanking and civilian casualties in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title Page

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p. iii-iii

Copyright

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pp. iv-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

part one on quitting

To Want

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p. 3-3

Sarah Emma Edmonds

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p. 4-4

Eva Braun at Berchtesgaden

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p. 5-5

Lisa Fremont

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pp. 6-7

Yang Gui Fei

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p. 8-8

Seven Reasons for Divorce

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pp. 9-10

On Sameness

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p. 11-11

Year of the Bombshell

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pp. 12-13

Hong Kong Flower Lounge

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p. 14-14

Man in the White Truck

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p. 15-15

Preparations

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p. 16-16

KitchenAid Epicurean Stand Mixer

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p. 17-17

Edward Hopper Study: Hotel Room

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p. 18-18

Edward Hopper Study: Office at Night

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p. 19-19

Edward Hopper Study: Room in New York

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p. 20-20

Before

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pp. 21-22

On Quitting

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pp. 23-24

part two five-year plan

The Laws of the Garden

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p. 27-27

Five-Year Plan

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pp. 28-29

$4.99 All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch

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p. 30-30

The Goal

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p. 31-31

Chinese Speech Contest

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p. 32-32

Holiday Parties

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pp. 33-34

An Evening at the Chinese Opera

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p. 35-35

Morning Porridge

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p. 36-36

At Lake Michigan

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p. 37-37

There Is Something about the East Coast

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p. 38-38

Golden Valley

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p. 39-39

First Halloween

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p. 40-40

Majority Rules

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p. 41-41

Mostly Ocean

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p. 42-42

Dragon Inn

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pp. 43-44

part three limits

Lantern Festival

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p. 47-47

Flight

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pp. 48-49

The Tower of London

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p. 50-50

Seven Changs

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p. 51-51

Planting Tulips

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p. 52-52

Instinct

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p. 53-53

Damage

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pp. 54-55

Gamble House

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p. 56-56

Human Inventory

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p. 57-57

Limits

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p. 58-58

Animal Models

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p. 59-59

Taiwan Independence

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p. 60-60

Grooming

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p. 61-61

Face

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p. 62-62

Meditation at Petoskey

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p. 63-63

Other Books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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pp. 64-bc


E-ISBN-13: 9780809388332
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809326181

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

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