A Plucked Zither

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Red Hen Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Phuong T. Vuong cannot stop thinking about language, memory, and migration. She has been awarded fellowships from Tin House, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. Her publications have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Asian American Writers' Workshop: The Margins, and elsewhere. Her interviews and reviews have been published in journals like The Rumpus and The Adroit Journal. In 2019, her debut poetry collection, The House I Inherit, was published by Finishing Line Press and explores intergenerational trauma and forms of diasporic love. Hailing from Oakland, by way of Hue, Viet Nam, Phuong is currently a PhD student in Literature and a James K. Binder Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, situated on Kumeyaay land. She researches Asian American feminism and is probably drinking Earl Grey tea right this second. Twitter and Instagram: @writephuong


"A Plucked Zither beautifully reckons with the ghosts of war and the emotional turmoil of being othered in a new land, while shedding greater light on the Vietnamese diaspora. In poems that thread the richness of her native tongue together with familial history and ancestral voices, Vuong ventures into the grief to reclaim the losses. Both exquisite in language and enduring in spirit, this collection pulses forward to demand a new remembrance."
--Mai Der Vang, poet and author of Yellow Rain

"Engaged in the relational and polyvocality, the poems here speak across time and space, address generations, and disrupt linearity. Animated by ghosts, memory, and speaking across silences, multiply: 'the sound of hovering / singing ready/ to swing into a world / picture it carving.'"
--Hoa Nguyen, poet and author of A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure