Sunday, March 18, 2007

On the Other Side of the Eye: The Book!

My first full-length book of poetry, On The Other Side of the Eye, is arriving this August from Sam's Dot Publishing.

My new book comes out this August!


Naturally, I'm excited about this! So what's it about?

This is the largest assembly of my work from the last 17 years, outside of my two prior chapbooks, Touching Detonations by Sphinx House Press, and The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Clusterbombs by Unarmed.

On the Other Side of the Eye collects poems of mine from over 60 different journals, projects and publications from around the world, and all-new pieces.

Together, we'll roam the secret wars of the CIA in Laos to the secret edges of the human soul and the universe. Exploring the streets of St. Paul and the ghosts and demons of the past, we'll challenge 'perspective' and assumptions of what is true, what is not.

I'll be discussing more details later, but I want to take the time to thank you, my friends, family and readers, for all of your support and the many inspiring moments between us!

And here's to many more!

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to the book.

May Lee, writer said...

I'm really excited that this book is coming out. Bryan's one of the most talented writers I know and this collection of work is long overdue.

A said...

I'm so excited about your book!! I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

So are you going to include the textile background I used from your lovely photos, as the picture shows, or just YKL's work (the center part)??

We're "dying" of curiosity, as you should know.

I want to see the book - and know I can get it somewhere easily reached, more mainstream, as it were, instead of most of my friend's chapbooks and such, where I never know where the he-double-toothpick I can find a physical copy (of their work). Flash it big, so everyone can see the latest asian-american book, everyone!

C

Brian, high school teacher said...

I'm a high school teacher in California and have read your work and heard you speak. I'm looking forward to reading your new book and adding it to our classroom library!

Anonymous said...

COOL, at last. I want to be the first one to buy it. Ok guys.., the first one is reserved for me.
C.K.

Valeng said...

hey bryan. i'm really looking forward to your book. you're one of the most gifted hmong writers i know. i'm glad we have trailblazers like you to represent.

much love,

valeng cha, st. paul, mn

Min Jung said...

Hurray! CONGRATS to you! I can't wait to get my v. own copy!

Mayli said...

Bryan has the gift of language and makes writing seem so effortless. He is truly a talented poet, writer. I'm looking forward to getting my copy of this book!

Minister Faust said...

It'll be great to see a new collection of verse by such an insightful and widely-cultured writer who's doing such pioneering work.

Minister Faust
--From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain (Random House 2007)
--The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad (Random House 2004)

Mayli said...

Bryan has the gift of lanauge and makes writing seem so effortlessly. He is one of the most talented poets, writer that I know. I'm looking forward to getting my own copy of the book!

Michael said...

Bryan,

Hey, looking forward to roaming through your words. They are such a rich land for the mind. Hope you sell a billion.

Lee Herrick said...

Bryan, I am thoroughly enjoying the manuscript and should have my blurb done in a couple of weeks.

The poems are amazing.

kristine klopp said...

Hey Bryan!! YES - I am stoked about your book coming up and since I'm not in MN anymore it will be fun to read all the stuff you have put out since I've been gone. Hope all is well. take care, Kristine

Ed Lin said...

I am totally psyched for this book! Come out to New York and do some readings! Are there any Fallout/Baldur's Gate-inspired verses?

Shanakin said...

This book is long overdue. It is a much needed contribution to the emerging canon of Laotian and Hmong literature. Can't wait to check it out!

Burlee Vang said...

Burlee,

What does Bryan see with the other side of his eye?
Oh, I can't wait to find out!
By the way, great cover!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bryan. I looking forward to reading your new book. I know it'll be a good one. I wish you all the best.

Gina Xiong

Anonymous said...

URGENT, ATTENTION, DANGER: all you so called Asian Americanists, literature students and ethnic lit scholars, and assorted get-on-the-truck folks before it's too late for YOU--and the road disappears in the wind or the ashes of the new war: in order to get to the other side you must read Bryan Thao Worra's ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EYE.

Why is his work dangerous? Like a warrior koan with a dagger and a silk scarf, Bryan slices through murky air and the thicket of confused contemporary writing with his clarity, irony, wit and lyricism. So, his writing is dangerous in the radical and brilliant sense of the word.

Read this work and teach it.

Russell C. Leong

Anonymous said...

Equal parts pop culture brainiac and soulful political commentator, mad scientist of the word and clear eyed reporter of truth, Bryan Thao Worra has a voice and a story born to be heard, yet he never lets his importance overwhelm his art. I imagine that these great, bristling poems are making this book burst apart at the seams. We should all be glad that his words can be contained on something so flimsy as paper. These poems demand you, and you are better for it.

-Bao Phi

Anonymous said...

I have heard Bryan read and read with him, wondering at his energy and strength. Now he has a full-length book coming out. Ya HOOOOOO! Just in time.
Writer and poet,
Sharon

Anonymous said...

I, also, am excited about the book and I look forward to purchasing it when it is available

Anonymous said...

Please send me an advanced review copy for possible textbook adoption for our visiting authors program when they are available. If selected, we would need 200-700 copies of the text for most of our English classes at ARCC that semester. I am looking forward to reading this long-awaited book! Kate

Anonymous said...

Looking forward with great anticipation to this book. The writer brings a unique perspective to the multicultural experience of a young Asian.

Anonymous said...

Look forward to the release of this book and hope you can do a tie-in reading at Rain- Taxi or on Minneapolis Television Network.
Good words from good souls should be in demand and not just in order

- Musicmaster

shelly said...

Michael & I cant wait to read your work. Sharing thoughts on daily events and histroy always has been Bryan's gift to the world. Now we will have his genius in print.

Bake Phouikham said...

You're gifted Lao/Hmong writer I know - a master. Wish you nothing but success on your book.

May Pahou said...

About time! I can't wait to get the book. Bryan's works have a wide range of emotions and so much insight, but it's his humor that I enjoy the most! Congratulations!

papa2hapa said...

rock and roll. congrats! keep writing, man.

Anonymous said...

Hey B -- I have known you now for over 15 years and am very excited for you. I can't wait to buy your book! Congrats!

Jason Modrey

Anonymous said...

w00t! Can't wait!

-Marka

Anonymous said...

Bryan, I am so excited to read what you have now compiled. I like your book cover and want to order one right now. Maybe two. Georgianna