Afterland: Poems by Mai Der Vang PDF

By Mai Der Vang

ISBN-10: 1555977707

ISBN-13: 9781555977702

The 2016 winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of yank Poets, chosen via Carolyn Forché

When I make the crossing, you want to now not be taken irrespective of what
the present offers. after we succeed in the camp,

there might be hundreds of thousands like us.
If I make it onto the airplane, you want to keep on with me to the roads
and ready pastures of America.

We won't journey the water at the present time at the shoulders of buffalo
as we used to a long time in the past, nor can we forage
for the sweetest mangoes.

I am refugee. you're too. Cry, yet don't weep.

—from “Transmigration”

Afterland is a robust, crucial selection of poetry that recounts with devastating element the Hmong exodus from Laos and the destiny of millions of refugees looking asylum. Mai Der Vang is telling the tale of her family, and by way of doing so, she additionally presents an important background of the Hmong culture’s ongoing resilience in exile. a lot of those poems are written within the voices of these fleeing insufferable violence after U.S. forces recruited Hmong combatants in Laos in the key warfare opposed to communism, merely to desert them after that struggle went awry. That heritage is little recognized or understood, however the 3 hundred thousand Hmong now dwelling within the usa reside evidence of its aftermath. With poems of amazing strength and beauty, Afterland holds an unique position in American poetry and lands with a feeling of humanity stored, of concern, of a deep culture damaged by way of battle and ocean yet nonetheless intact, remembered, and lived.

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