Sacred Vows: Poetry

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Coffee House Press, 1998 - Education - 226 pages
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Sacred Vows retells the recent terror of Cambodia and the beauty of its culture. A survivor of the Pol Pot regime, Oeur hopes to inspire young Cambodians to reacquaint themselves with their heritage and make it once again vibrant. Using myths, stories, prophecies, history, and tradition as ironic counterpoint to Cambodia's present-day situation, Oeur foretells freedom's imminent return. Sacred Vows is a mesmerizing call to freedom.

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Contents

Propn ecies fc Etudes
7
Trie Wild erness of Nign tmare
27
Trie Kingdom of Hell
41
The Wild erness ofTrak
121
The Quest for Freedom and Democracy
155

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About the author (1998)

U Sam Oeur grew up in a Cambodian farming family. After studying in the US, he served in the Cambodian government, becoming part of the Cambodian delegation to the UN. When Pol Pot assumed power in 1975, Oeur, along with his wife and son, survived the killing fields while feigning illiteracy in six forced-labor camps. A devout Buddhist, Oeur now lives in Texas. Poet and translator Ken McCullough's recent books include Walking Backwards and Obsidian Point. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including a Pablo Neruda Award, Galway Kinnell Poetry Award, and New Millenium Poetry Award. He translated U Sam Oeur's Sacred Vows and wrote the lyrics for the chamber opera, "The Krasang Tree," based on Oeur's poetry and experiences.

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