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Author Woon, Koon, 1949-

Title Water chasing water / Koon Woon.

Published [Place of publication not identified] : Kaya Press ; New York : distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, [2013]
©2013

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 UniM Bail  811.6 WOON    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 137 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Notes Poems.
Contents Water Chasing Water -- Coming Are the Days... 3 -- Village Boy 4 -- As If 5 -- Coastal Highway 101, 1960 7 -- Uncle Harry 9 -- Flight 10 -- What We Remember Best of You, Hank 11 -- A Smoke Break at the Nuclear Command 12 -- Retreat 13 -- Bronze Statue in Rain 14 -- Bamboo Blossoms, Bamboo Seeds 15 -- Meditation Upon a River 16 -- Two Persimmons Side by Side 18 -- I Would Like to Be... 19 -- Lychee 21 -- In My Little Room 22 -- Another Room Poem 24 -- Tonight I Hear the Sloshing of the Freeway 25 -- Evening Encroaches 26 -- A Moment Passes By 28 -- A Season in Hell 30 -- Please Sir, Tell Me Who I Am 31 -- High Walls I Cannot Scale 32 -- Burden of Sanity 33 -- (Untitled) 35 -- Mostly... 37 -- Poem for S.H.J. 38 -- Eventually I Will Know 40 -- Refueling 41 -- Like Water Chasing Water 43 -- Conveyor Belt 44 -- In Your Free Heart, the Bird Builds a Nest... 45 -- Chinese Waiters 46 -- Let the Chinese Mafia Sleep Tonight 47 -- My Father in the Restaurant Kitchen 48 -- Kind of Father He Was 49 -- Phantom of the Opera 51 -- Around Us 52 -- Sweet and Deep Lanterns Burn into the Night 53 -- Yet Ungrasped Feminine Shapes 54 -- Selections From The Truth in Rented Rooms -- Question I Want To Ask 61 -- Memory of Hands 62 -- Windows After a Rain 66 -- Raw and Easy 67 -- Cold Stones 69 -- Goldfish 71 -- Against the Pre-dawn Light 72 -- Apple Moment 74 -- At the Bus Stop 75 -- An Old Hotel Dweller 76 -- You Naughty Woman Smiling Coyly at Me 77 -- At the Tokyo Airport 78 -- Psychoanalysis of a Room 79 -- In Water Buffalo Time 80 -- Egg Tarts 86 -- How to Cook Rice 87 -- Far and Near 88 -- A Moment in My Rented Room 89 -- Aberdeen, 1966, or, Driving Around For a Poem 90 -- Hank Keeps Coming Back to Aberdeen 91 -- Inadvertent Persuasion of a Rented Room, or, the Evolution of Context... 92 -- A Slow Ox-Cart Hauls the Sage 94 -- "Fortune Telling..." 95 -- Woman in the Next Room 98 -- It's All I've Got, He Said... 99 -- Spy's Reliability... 100 -- I Have Augmented My Premise of Isolation and Sorrow: The World Comes Into the Pallor of My Room... 105 -- There is a World I am... 106 -- In My Room... 107 -- A Moment Ago I Meant to Toll You... 109 -- Love this Abode Contains... 110 -- In the Slowness of Days... 111 -- At #1105; December 3, 1996 117 -- Untitled 118 -- I've Heard the Chan Bells of the Monastery... 119 -- Focus on the River... 120 -- Missingness... 121 -- Untitled 122 -- You Will Relax Into this Poem as You'd be Pleased to Expect Nothing 124 -- In the Onslaught of the Inadvertent a Machinery... 126 -- #1105, Now a Year Later 127 -- As the Night is Beginning to Focus... 128 -- I Want You to Write Secretly... 129 -- Relish in the Mundane 130 -- Sometimes When I Leave Behind the Places I've Been... 131 -- If There Was a Choice... 132 -- Forum 133 -- "What is The Truth in Rented Rooms'?" Asks a Reader 135.
Summary ... Largely self-taught, and struggling with both mental illness and homelessness, Seattle-based Woon wrote about the back alleys and tenement rooms on the margins of immigrant culture. His first collection, The Truth in Rented Rooms (included in this volume), won a PEN poetry prize and earned praise from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Garrison Keillor. Water Chasing Water is Woon's second collection, and continues his exploration of loneliness and memory with poems and essays that seek out This light / Without which existence is not detectable. --Kaya Press.
ISBN 1885030495 (paperback)
9781885030498 (paperback)