Brain Fever: Poems

Kimiko Hahn (Author)


Rooted in meditations on contemporary neuroscience, Brain Fever takes as its subject the mysteries of the human mind--the nature of dreams and memories, the possibly illusory nature of linear time, the complexity of conveying love to a child. In one poem, "A Bowl of Spaghetti," she cites a comparison that researchers draw between unraveling "the millions of miles of wires in the human] brain" and "untangling a bowl of spaghetti," and thus she untangles a memory of her own: "I have an old photo: Rei in her high chair intently / picking out each strand to mash in her mouth. // Was she two? Was that sailor dress from mother? / Did I cook that sauce from scratch? If so, there was a carrot in the pot."

Equally inspired by Sei Shonagon's tenth-century Pillow Book and the latest findings of cognitive research, Brain Fever is a thrilling blend of the timely and the timeless.

Product Details

Price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.5 X 8.1 inches | 0.4 pounds
ISBN: 9780393354409
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About the Author

Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten collections of poems. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Voelcker Award, and a Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York, and lives in Queens.


A juxtaposition of current scientific research on brain function and cognition with . . . a lyrical daydream of loss and resilience. . . . Outstanding.
Hahn's poems glow with concentrated energy.
The poems' brevity, precise imagery, and echoing of that imagery will make readers return to the collections, finding new connections each time.