Catalogue


Enter the chrysanthemum : poems /
by Fiona Tinwei Lam.
imprint
Halfmoon Bay, BC : Caitlin Press, c2009.
description
88 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
9781894759328 :
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imprint
Halfmoon Bay, BC : Caitlin Press, c2009.
isbn
9781894759328 :
catalogue key
6845588
A Look Inside
First Chapter
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiOUN4NlxKE&feature=player_embedded">"Chrysantheumum Video Poem"</A>
Reviews
Review Quotes
"[Lam] describes intense moments in life: aching loss, the inability to reclaim.... Her surface rhythm and clarity create both overt meaning and the impression that there is much more just below the finely crafted surface. She is adept in creating a kind of redemption through tightly constructed lines...." - Kim Morden, Event
"Just like the versatile flower, each poem in Fiona Tinwei Lam's Enter the Chrysanthemum transcends the immediacy of its imagery and delivers singular moments into the realm of the profound and universal. In these poems, Lam plucks out everyday interactions that, while seemingly innocent and familiar, cover the tenuous connections that lie at the heart of human relationships." -- Pacific Rim Review of Books , vol. 7 No. 1 p. 38
"Lam looks inward-to the self, the genealogy, the home, the local.... the telling, domestic detail.... [A]n accomplished collection." -- George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle-Herald
"To enter Vancouver poet Fiona Lam's book, Enter the Chrysanthemum, is to enter a world of words that are fresh and lean." - Heidi Greco, Prairie Fire
"A single mother struggles with the banal tragedies of a particular life: the experience is commonplace, but Lam expresses it with distinctive tenderness, restraint and intensity. She elevates the collection's remarkably consistent voice into one that recalls and transcends the specific truth of her own life to articulate the common truths of others.... Enter the Chrysanthemum is one of those rare books of poetry that compels one to read on until the end." - Martin Alexander, Cha Literary Journal
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Summaries
Main Description
Enter the Chrysanthemum is a luminous collection of poems about family, love and loss. Employing precise imagery and concise language, Lam plumbs and mines ordinary events and experiences to find a central core of poetic insight and sometimes harrowing truth. Whether written from the vantage point of a young child observing her parents, a single parent struggling to raise a child, or a daughter watching a parent's decline and death, these poems reconnect us to what it means to be human. Enter the Chrysanthemum, is Lam's second book of poetry. "Enter the Chrysanthemum draws upon some of my own history to depict a journey through those small but key turning points that many people experience or witness in their lives. The poems try to distill events or memories down to their essence, so that the personal and the particular are transcended in order to represent a more universal aspect of the human condition. Slivers of symbol, metaphor, allegory and archetype are imbedded in all that we utter and enact. The heroic--and its reverse--can be found in the quotidien."
Main Description
This is a luminous collection that takes us on a keen-eyed journey from childhood to parenthood: from a child's perspective of her parents, through to the transition to adulthood as a single parent, then finally to the witnessing of a parent's decline and death. Lam details the slow and sometimes painful transformation into motherhood, the transition of generations, the inherent politics behind relationships, and the essential solitude and struggle of being outside the traditionally defined family. In her title poem "Chrysanthemum", Lam remembers her mother's gentle hand with the watercolour brush: "Then, from the finest brush, the outline/ of each petal. Flesh flowed from the fuller one,/ tipped with yellow or lavender,/ until every crown had bloomed/ amid the throng of leaves./ How her hand knew paper through brush/ If only I had been paper,/ that upturned and delicate face,/ stroked and stroked again with such/ precise tenderness, such a patient hand". Lam's new collection is fundamentally as much an exploration of profound loss as it is of love and an individual's reconnection to humanity. This is her second book of poetry.
Main Description
Enter the Chrysanthemum is a luminous collection of poems about family, love and loss. Employing precise imagery and concise language, Lam plumbs and mines ordinary events and experiences to find a central core of poetic insight and sometimes harrowing truth. Whether written from the vantage point of a young child observing her parents, a single parent struggling to raise a child, or a daughter watching a parent's decline and death, these poems reconnect us to what it means to be human. Enter the Chrysanthemum is Lam's second book of poetry. "The poems follow a sonata-like structure, with four interlocking "movements", each building and spiralling upon the last. The motif of the chrysanthemum serves as the frame for the collection, shifting from a symbol of loss and absence to one of grace. Besides being a chronicle of a journey, I see this book as a tribute to my parents, and to parents and families in general, with all their flaws, passions, longings and struggles."
Main Description
Enter the Chrysanthemum is a luminous collection of poems about family, love and loss. Employing precise imagery and concise language, Lam plumbs and mines ordinary events and experiences to find a central core of poetic insight and sometimes harrowing truth. Whether written from the vantage point of a young child observing her parents, a single parent struggling to raise a child, or a daughter watching a parent's decline and death, these poems reconnect us to what it means to be human. Enter the Chrysanthemum, is Lam's second book of poetry.
Main Description
'Enter the Chrysanthemum' is a luminous collection of poems about family, love and loss. Employing precise imagery and concise language, Lam plumbs and mines ordinary events and experiences to find a central core of poetic insight and sometimes harrowing truth. Whether written from the vantage point of a young child observing her parents, a single parent struggling to raise a child, or a daughter watching a parent's decline and death, these poems reconnect us to what itmeans to be human. 'Enter the Chrysanthemum' is Lam's second book of poetry."The poems follow a sonata-like structure, with four interlocking "movements", each building and spiralling upon the last. The motif of the chrysanthemum serves as the frame for the collection, shifting from a symbol of loss and absence to one of grace. Besides being a chronicle of a journey, I see this book as a tribute to my parents, and to parents and families in general, with all their flaws, passions, longings and struggles."
Long Description
"Enter the Chrysanthemum" is a luminous collection that takes us on a keen-eyed journey from childhood to parenthood: from a child's perspective of her parents, through to the transition to adulthood as a single parent, then finally to the witnessing of a parent's decline and death. Lam details the slow and sometimes painful transformation into motherhood, the transition of generations, the inherent politics behind relationships, and the essential solitude and struggle of being outside the traditionally defined family. Lam's new collection is fundamentally as much an exploration of profound loss as it is of love and an individual's reconnection to humanity. "Enter the Chrysanthemum" is her second book of poetry.

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