From From

Poems

Narrated by Monica Youn
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Pub Date 19 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2023

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY "Where are you from . . . ? No-where are you from from?" It's a question every Asian American gets asked as part of an incessant chorus saying you'll never belong here, you're a perpetual foreigner, you'll always be seen as an alien, an object, or a threat. Monica Youn's From From brilliantly evokes the conflicted consciousness of deracination. If you have no core of "authenticity," no experience of your so-called homeland, how do you piece together an Asian American identity out of Westerners' ideas about Asians? Your sense of yourself is part stereotype, part aspiration, part guilt. In this dazzling collection, one sequence deconstructs the sounds and letters of the word "deracinations" to create a sonic landscape of micro- and macroaggressions, assimilation, and self-doubt. A kaleidoscopic personal essay explores the racial positioning of Asian Americans and the epidemic of anti-Asian hate. Several poems titled "Study of Two Figures" anatomize and dissect the Asian other: Midas the striving, nouveau-riche father; Dr. Seuss and the imaginary daughter Chrysanthemum-Pearl he invented while authoring his anti-Japanese propaganda campaign; Pasiphaë, mother of the minotaur, and Sado, the eighteenth-century Korean prince, both condemned to containers allegorical and actual.

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY "Where are you from . . . ? No-where are you from from?" It's a question every Asian American gets asked as part of an incessant chorus saying...


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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
Read by the author


Advance Praise

“A svelte, intrepid foray into American racism. . . . In reflecting and refracting the fantasies and absurdities, dark secrets and blatant cruelties by which American racism invents and maintains itself, Youn counters our brutal imagination with flammable, superior dreams.”―Joyelle McSweeney, The New York Times Book Review

From From is equal parts comic and tragic, clinical and wrenching. Monica Youn’s parables and studies are devastating meditations on the sadism of whiteness and the abjection of racial containment. From the personal, to Du Soon Ja, to beloved icons like Dr. Seuss, Youn examines how complicity gestates and develops, how unexamined desire and fear lead to the hatred of the other and oneself while yanking up the roots of words to unearth the hidden biases built into the way we speak. Youn’s strongest work to date, From From is unforgiving and horrifying, singular and absolutely extraordinary.”―Cathy Park Hong

“A svelte, intrepid foray into American racism. . . . In reflecting and refracting the fantasies and absurdities, dark secrets and blatant cruelties by which American racism invents and maintains...


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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781696613217
PRICE $10.99 (USD)
DURATION 2 Hours, 43 Minutes

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