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Looking for home : women writing about exile
Lloyd, Roseann.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, [1990]

Physical Description:
288 pages ; 23 cm
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PN6109.9 .L66 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

The subtitle only hints at the breadth of work within this exemplary collection. Although it starts, predictably enough, with poems by and about women forced to move geographically or ethnically, the focus widens until we see exile in all the experiences that take one away from the self's core: in racial oppression, in child battering, in poverty that, although it begins in economics, extends to the spirit itself. Although the collection is even in its excellence, there are still stars: Mitsuye Yamada's piercing narrative of her homely grandmother, rejected by the man who placed his mail order for a bride to China ("the Immigration man said to him / Here / sign here for her / He walked away"); Chitra Divakaruni's remembrance of the American school where her son is tormented, where "they are / waiting for him to open his mouth, / so they can steal his voice"; and Joan Larkin's anguished "genealogy" of herself descended from alcohol. --Pat Monaghan

Publisher's Weekly Review

This anthology of poetry by women, many born in other countries and now living in America, is cross-cultural yet unified by the theme of displacement. Using the traditional metaphor of exile, culture shock of an alien land, to express the disenfranchisement of all women, the book g speaks about lost identities that must be found again, languages that fall into the pidgin pool, suspended hopes for freedom. The poems, which often interpose words from other languages, represent the struggle for cultural recognition within a worldwide patriarchal order, of which America, for the writers included here, is the foremost symbol. Home is often identified with an absent mother and her role--as in ``I Learned to Sew,'' a stunning narrative of immigration and social hierarchy--while America represents paternal authority, unconcerned with the needs and aspirations of its new daughters, some of them mail-order brides. This collection challenges the accepted social framework and forms an important though sometimes predictable contribution to contemporary writing by women. Keenan ( Household Wounds ) and Lloyd ( Tap Dancing for Big Mom ) are both poets. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved