As Long As Trees Last

As Long As Trees Last

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Author: Hoa Nguyen

Publisher: Wave Books (2012)

It’s not a time to run
I wear soft shoes
and it took a long time
to walk here

Grounded in the present tense—in the dailiness of politics and domesticity, citizenship and femaleness—Nguyen’s loose, everyday language performs a hook and snare on the ungraspable reality of 21st-century America. In the nearly egoless space of these chiseled yet spacious poems, an extraordinarily clear-eyed poet claims her stakes.