Sunday, October 18, 2020

BEFORE WE REMEMBER WE DREAM available now from Sahtu Press


My new collection BEFORE WE REMEMBER WE DREAM is available now from Sahtu Press

This is my first book in a hard-copy format in 7 years since DEMONSTRA with the Lao American visual artist Vongduane Manivong

This new collection features original art by Nor Sanavongsay and blends memoir and Southeast Asian history, myth, horror and science fiction to examine 45 years of the Lao diaspora. It has a cover by the award-winning Lao American artist Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton.

These 55 poems focus largely on 1973 to the present from the banks of the Mekong River during the Secret War for Laos to unexpected intersections of Southeast Asian history in the small towns of America and Asian American history. Tragedy, humor, memory and dreams collide to provide readers an understanding of what has been, and what might be.