Rain in Plural: Poems


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Princeton University Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a poet, translator, editor, and zheng harpist. She is the author of three previous poetry collections, including The Ruined Elegance (Princeton), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has also translated more than a dozen books of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poetry. She lives in Paris.


"Shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry, Arrowsmith Press"
"A splendid follow-up to the LJ best-booked The Ruined Elegance with broader appeal."-- "Library Journal, starred review"
"Fiona Sze-Lorrain's fourth book of original poems, Rain in Plural . . . uses language to uncover questions of citizenship, memory, and image. We love Sze-Lorrain's lush, musical sensibilities. . . . If you've enjoyed her work in the past, you're sure to enjoy Rain in Plural, too!"-- "Lantern Review"
"The poetry in her newest collection, Rain in Plural, is neither a mélange nor a mosaic of cultural, intellectual and linguistic referents, but a deeply intertwined layering . . . Sze-Lorrain seems at home and a visitor everywhere, connecting dots across cultures and continents, dipping into languages and cuisines. If there is a globalized future for English-language literature, this is perhaps an early glance at it."---Asian Review of Books, Peter Gordon
"Provocative . . . lyrical. . . . These lovely poems slide between equally compelling realities that don't seem to belong together but ultimately unify and bring sense, compassion, and beauty."---Kyle Torke, Colorado Review
"The collection reveals the inner-life of a truly remarkable poet. Radiantly intelligent, Sze-Lorrain's work is as musically intoxicating as the zheng she plays with precision . . . Rain in Plural is a collection of poetry deserving of multiple reads in the quietude of soft light over one's left shoulder."---Michael Escoubas, Quill & Parchment
"Rain in Plural is a collection that quietly insists on your attention."---Lisa Higgs, The Adroit Journal
"There is something for every reader in Rain in Plural . . . Rain in Plural is an invitation to a myriad of entanglements with the inner life, and what grows from the seeds planted there."---Hannah VanderHart, EcoTheo Review
"Rain in Plural is a lush and intimate study of the porous boundaries of personal life. Inflected with quietude and hardened by rigorous examination, Sze-Lorrain's careful eye ranges over landscapes both within and outside the self, mining language for new entry points."-- "Yaddo News"
"Fiona Sze-Lorrain's much-awaited fourth poetry collection, Rain in Plural, is a polyphonic gathering of wide-ranging themes. . . . Sze-Lorrain's work allows us to grasp, for a moment, the points of contact that translation perpetually seeks. Therein lies the philosophical importance of Rain in Plural: eschewing equivalence, Sze-Lorrain crafts a poetics of border spaces and contact zones."---Lara Norgaard, Singapore Unbound
"Such unexpected juxtapositions lend the collection a quirky vividness. Though consecutive lines and stanzas often touch on drastically different subjects, the poems still offer a sense of wholeness. . . . Regardless of her subject, Sze-Lorrain manages to be inventive and original without sacrificing authenticity and musical balance."---Maggie Wang, Harvard Review
"The poems in this very good collection, even those that are slight on the page, have an epic, Yeatsian sweep to them, a grandeur of statement found in a lightness of touch."---Dominic Leonard, Poetry London