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Author Nguyen, Thomas, author.

Title Permutations of a self : poems / Thomas V. Nguyen.

Publication Info. Huntsville, Texas : Texas Review Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 34 pages)
Contents The Greenhouse Effect -- now and then -- first law of thermodynamics -- Sài Gòn, 1985 -- mythologies -- Ethology -- The living can never be weightless -- birthday dinner -- bloodline -- communion -- origin -- When We Talk About Fathers -- january sixteenth -- I go back to 2001 -- saint joseph's oratory of mount royal, 2014 -- Lineage -- in which the act of observing is determinative -- Impermanence -- To the Snow Settling in Morningside Park -- how I survived the winter -- roots, 2013 -- Morphology of Regret -- dinner as diorama -- I See the Cycle as Determinative.
Summary "Permutations of a Self grapples with issues of belonging and connection, all from the perspective of someone who does a lot more observing and ruminating than living in the present. Most of the poems draw from Nguyen's imperfect memory of himself and others as it changes throughout time. In many ways, the poet feels like an outsider in his own family because he has gradually forgotten how to speak Vietnamese, his native language that he once knew so well. The poems in this manuscript are as much about coming to terms with that as they are about trying to reconcile what it means to be a part of his family. Interspersed throughout are threads connecting the poet to each one of his family members. They are the moments he turns back to again and again when he is lonely, confused, or unsure about where he comes from and where he is going"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Memory -- Physiological aspects -- Poetry.
Vietnamese Americans -- Ethnic identity -- Poetry.
Vietnamese American families -- Poetry.
Adjustment (Psychology) -- Poetry.
Genre/Form Poetry.
Electronic books.
Added Title Poems. Selections
Other Form: Print version: Nguyen, Thomas V. Permutations of a self Huntsville : Texas Review Press, [2020] 9781680032147 (DLC) 2019052176
ISBN 1680032151 electronic book
9781680032154 (electronic bk.)
9781680032147 paperback