Dance Dance Revolution
Author: Cathy Park Hong
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (2008)
Adrienne Rich chose Cathy Park Hong's "audacious" (Los Angeles Times) second book as the winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize. Dance Dance Revolution is a genre-bending tour de force told from the perspective of the Guide, a former dissident and tour guide of an imagined desert city, who speaks a fluid fabricated language; the Historian interviews the Guide and annotates the commentaries. Cathy Park Hong's passionate and artful poem sequence weaves an ultimately revitalizing dialogue on shared experience in a globalized world, using language as subversion and disguise.
"The mixture of imagination, language, and historical consciousness in this book is marvelous."