FROM THE PUBLISHER:
A poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” with verse biography on the poet’s mother, Diệp Anh Nguyễn, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-women Vietnamese circus troupe. Multilayered, plaintive, and provocative, the poems in A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure are alive with archive and inhabit histories. By turns lyrical and unsettling, Hoa Nguyen’s poetry sings of language and loss; dialogues with time, myth and place; and communes with past and future ghosts.
In A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure memory becomes the site of fractured diasporic existence and identity, populated by ghosts and US chemical warfare. Hoa Nguyen grapples with loss, “the Languageless Girl,” while weaving a complex tapestry of archive and songs that orbit around a stunning verse biography of her mother who was a stunt motorcyclist in the all-women Vietnamese Circus troupe. It is a book of beauty, resistance, and community of longing.