‘Hardly War,’ by Don Mee Choi

HARDLY WAR
By Don Mee Choi
Illustrated. 97 pp. Wave Books. Cloth, $25. Paper, $18.

Deliberately and excitingly difficult in both its style and its subject matter, Don Mee Choi’s second collection, “Hardly War,” sees its author operating as an archaeologist as much as a poet. Choi’s use of hybrid forms — poetry, memoir, opera libretto, images and artifacts from her father’s ­career as a photojournalist in the Korean and Vietnam Wars — lets her explore themes of injustice and empire, history and identity, sifting through the detritus of family, translation, propaganda and dislocation.

Read the complete review here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/books/review/hardly-war-by-don-mee-choi.html?_r=0 

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About 诗东西 Poetry East West

Chinese-English bilingual magazine (will include more languages), published in Los Angeles USA, printed in Beijing China. ISSN 2159-2772

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