Hybrida: Poems

Tina Chang (Author)


In this timely, assured collection, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States. She ruminates on the relationship between her son's blackness and his safety, exploring the dangers of childhood in a post-Trayvon Martin era and invoking racialized roles in fairy tales. Against the stark urban landscapes of threat and surveillance, Chang returns to the language of mothers.

Meditating on the lives of Michael Brown, Leiby Kletzky, and Noemi lvarez Quillay--lost at the hands of individuals entrusted to protect them--Chang creates hybrid poetic forms that mirror her investigation of racial tensions. Through an agile blend of zuihitsu, ghazal, prose poems, mosaic poems, and lyric essays, Hybrida envisions a childhood of mixed race as one that is complex, emotionally wrought, and often vulnerable. Hybrida is a twenty-first-century tale that is equal parts a mother's love and her fury, an ambitious and revelatory exploration of identity that establishes Tina Chang as one of the most vital voices of her generation.

Product Details

Price: $26.95  $24.26
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: May 14, 2019
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6.2 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds
ISBN: 9781324002482
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About the Author

Tina Chang is the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, New York, where she lives.


One of the most important books of poetry to come along in years... With equal parts hope and terror, and no self-delusion, this book summons the kind of love only the imagination can sustain; Chang writes to, and for [her son] Roman, praying that his pure being will transcend the millions of gazes that will try to define his life by his skin color.--Craig Morgan Teicher
A tour-de-force of fury and love. Further proof that poetry's power to negotiate polarized space explains why it's so potent now... A number of [these lyrics] ought to be anthologized into the next century.--John Freeman
Chang asks evocative questions about identity... [She] weaves powerful narratives and uses various poetic forms to create a momentous landscape.--Elizabeth Lund