Portrait of the Self

New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Chin

A Portrait of the Self as Nation is Marilyn Chin’s most recent book of poetry, available for purchase in October 2018: “Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices.” “These poems have a fearless life on every page, moving big themes into language, and pointing to past silences. But for all its sociable music, this poetry is also a serious and moving meditation on an inner life. Not simply the inner life of the the poet but also- as the title suggests- the inner life of the nation that poet recognizes. This work is poised over both the public spaces where art and ethics are made, as well as the private reaches of a self where – as the poems show -an Asian-American woman can weigh both identity and freedom. Marilyn Chin is a major voice. And this is a book to be treasured.” – Eavan Boland”

A Portrait of the Self as Nation is Marilyn Chin’s most recent book of poetry, available for purchase in October 2018: “Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices.”

“These poems have a fearless life on every page, moving big themes into language, and pointing to past silences. But for all its sociable music, this poetry is also a serious and moving meditation on an inner life. Not simply the inner life of the the poet but also- as the title suggests- the inner life of the nation that poet recognizes. This work is poised over both the public spaces where art and ethics are made, as well as the private reaches of a self where – as the poems show -an Asian-American woman can weigh both identity and freedom. Marilyn Chin is a major voice. And this is a book to be treasured.” – Eavan Boland