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Pop-up: Marilyn Chin

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Marilyn Chin pops-up with her new book of poetry, A Portrait of the Self as Nation

Chin will be paired with Shout by Inoue Yūichi in the Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art exhibit; found on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices. Marilyn Chin’s passionate, polyphonic poetry travels freely from the personal to the mythic, from the political to the spiritual. Deeply engaged with the complexities of cultural assimilation, feminism, and the Asian American experience, she spins precise, beautiful metaphors as she illuminates hard-hitting truths.

A Portrait of the Self as Nation celebrates Chin’s innovative activist poetry. In poems that are direct and passionately charged, Marilyn Chin raises her voice against systems of oppression even as her language shines with devastating power and beauty. Image after image, line by line, Chin’s masterfully reinvented quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies are unforgettable.

Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. Her latest work is Portrait of the Self as Nation. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary PoetryThe Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. The winner of the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors, she lives in San Diego. Find Marilyn online at marilynchin.org.
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