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Standing Water

Poems

by Eleanor Chai

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A profound literary debut that recounts a child's singular story

Since I made you, you may

imagine I set myself on fire
or better, say: you lit the funeral pyre
from ten thousand days away.

A young woman in Paris encounters an uncanny presence on a tour of a small museum. A study by Rodin of the dancer Little Hanako—titled Head of Sorrow—triggers in the young woman recognition of her mother, a mother erased from her life since childhood.

Thus begins Eleanor Chai's Standing Water, one of the most remarkable first books of poetry in recent years. It is a journey into the past as well as the present—into the narrative hidden from the poet since birth, as well as the strategies that she has adopted to survive. It is a journey about how we learn to cope with, to perceive and describe, the world. It is a story about savage privilege and deprivation.

Haunting the whole is the figure of the real Little Hanako—Rodin's model, a Japanese artist displaced in Europe, the medium through which other artists dream and discover the world.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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  • ISBN: 9780374714918
  • File size: 984 KB
  • Release date: April 12, 2016

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  • ISBN: 9780374714918
  • File size: 984 KB
  • Release date: April 12, 2016


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Fiction Poetry

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English

A profound literary debut that recounts a child's singular story

Since I made you, you may

imagine I set myself on fire
or better, say: you lit the funeral pyre
from ten thousand days away.

A young woman in Paris encounters an uncanny presence on a tour of a small museum. A study by Rodin of the dancer Little Hanako—titled Head of Sorrow—triggers in the young woman recognition of her mother, a mother erased from her life since childhood.

Thus begins Eleanor Chai's Standing Water, one of the most remarkable first books of poetry in recent years. It is a journey into the past as well as the present—into the narrative hidden from the poet since birth, as well as the strategies that she has adopted to survive. It is a journey about how we learn to cope with, to perceive and describe, the world. It is a story about savage privilege and deprivation.

Haunting the whole is the figure of the real Little Hanako—Rodin's model, a Japanese artist displaced in Europe, the medium through which other artists dream and discover the world.


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