The Land Of Bliss by Cathy Song
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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The Land of Bliss Cathy Song

"To read poems as true on the tongue and the eye as these is a deep, transcendent sweetness. I feel transported, restored to gravity-ground, melodious mind."-Naomi Shihab Nye

"To follow Cathy Song's collection of poems over the years is to reach, in this season, 'The Expense of Mildew'; from daughter, to wife and mother, to the daughter of aging parents, Song has arrived full spiral. This is bliss."-Kimiko Hahn

"I keep recognizing my own various approaches to and avoidances of the writing job: the just claims which keep me from it, my need to hide my meaning at the same time as I reveal it, the need to go, 'deeper into the darkest room,' trying to reach 'the core of something permanent,' and what always accompanies that need-'distraction itself . . . obstacles to keep her from entering the last room,' wanting and not wanting to arrive there."-Phyllis Hoge

Cathy Song's fourth collection of poetry unveils glimpses of the elusive but ever-present power of wisdom and compassion. Recognizing that we have the ability to create our own misery as well as our own bliss, she finds the unexpected in broken lives, despair, and even seemingly joyous occasions.

 

About Cathy Song

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Cathy Song is the author of four previous books of poetry: "Picture Bride," winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize; "Frameless Windows, Squares of Light; School Figures;" and "The" "Land of Bliss,
 
Published October 18, 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 136 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The handful of narrative poems with long lines work better, as they don't pile on the drama of the short (frequently one-word) enjambed line, as in "The Bodhisattva Muses": "Slow to awaken to danger, we still did not intervene./ Even when the boy treated her badly,/ we allowed, for the sake of ar...

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