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VIRTUAL: Live via Zoom
Thursday, February 17, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Paul Tran presents All the Flowers Kneeling
In conversation with Yanyi

In keeping with our tradition and devotion to showcasing the most prescient, urgent, exciting voices in contemporary poetry, Greenlight welcomes electrifying, award-winning slam poet Paul Tran for the launch of their first collection, All the Flowers Kneeling. The first Asian American since 1993—and first transgender poet ever—to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, Tran’s poems employ deceptively simple forms to investigate intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. These “searching, generous poems that enact the resilience of the human spirit, how the art of language making—story, truth telling—allows us not only to survive but thrive” (Natasha Trethewey) render the complex nonlinearity of survival and healing, testifying all throughout to the power of resilience and love. Acclaimed poet and critic Yanyi (The Year of Blue Water) joins Tran as interviewer and interlocutor for a conversation that promises to dive deeply into the work of bringing the unnameable into form, of transforming and transmuting pain and the past, and of all the questions of writing which are also questions of living.

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All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin Poets) By Paul Tran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136842
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Published: Penguin Books - February 15th, 2022

A profound meditation on physical, emotional, and psychological transformation in the aftermath of imperial violence and interpersonal abuse, from a poet both “tender and unflinching” (Khadijah Queen)

The Year of Blue Water (Yale Series of Younger Poets #113) By Yanyi, Carl Phillips (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Yanyi, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780300242645
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Published: Yale University Press - March 26th, 2019

How can a search for self‑knowledge reveal art as a site of community? Yanyi’s arresting and straightforward poems weave experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans perspective. Between the contrast of high lyric and direct prose poems, Yanyi invites the reader to consider how to speak with multiple identities through trauma, transition, and ordinary life.

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