The Ghost Forest: New and Selected Poems (Hardcover)

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“An evocative braided autobiography in poetry that welcomes miscellany and disorder ... and reveals a mind as vast as the terrains it traverses.”—Nicole Sealey, Poetry Foundation

Opening with forty-three new formally inventive poems and leading the reader back in time through selections from her ten previous volumes, The Ghost Forest offers a contemplative and haunting narrative of a writer’s artistic journey through craft and form while illuminating personal themes influenced by her Japanese American heritage. Exploring the mysteries of science, nature, and the experiences of contemporary womanhood, Hahn both reinvents classic Japanese forms such as the zuihitsu and tanka and experiments with traditional Western ones, among them the villanelle, sestina, and glosa. Braided into the poems and narrative thread, a series of photos transforms the new-and-selected into a hybrid autobiography. Like the titular forest, this arresting collection derives new beauty from long-gone remnants.

From “The Ashes”:

Mother crafted Christmas ornaments:

glue and glitter and red balls.

No tinsel, no angels.

Her death started in the living room.

About the Author

Kimiko Hahn has published more than ten books and is the 2023 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She teaches in the MFA program for creative writing and literary translation at Queens College, City University of New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324086062
ISBN-10: 1324086068
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 15th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English