The Magic Whip: Poems

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Coffee House Press, 2003 - Poetry - 101 pages
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This melodic, visceral collection -juxtaposes the author's unbridled joy in motherhood with the complex and brutal practice of footbinding in China, the plight of Tibet, and the remarkable endurance of survivors everywhere. The Magic Whip pays particular attention to women and children whose ordeals have been -imprinted on their very bodies and whose memories resonate in these -exceptionally clear poems.

Wang Ping, born in Shanghai, came to New York City in 1985 after graduating from Beijing University. She is the acclaimed author of the novel Foreign Devil, the story collection American Visa, the poetry collection Of Flesh & Spirit, and the academic study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and teaches at Macalester College.

 

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A mix of strong poetry and poetic prose. Especially powerful in her portrait of the life and work of Li Qingzhao, the 9th century Song Dynasty poet, and in the two disturbing pieces dealing with the ... Read full review

Contents

The Magic Whip 9
Bombs Orange Bags of Rice
20
Aching for Beauty
35
Eight Thousand Miles of Roads
46
Adams Prayer
65
Aftertaste
82
On a Playground
93
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Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years spent farming in a mountain village commune, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the United States, earning her PhD from New York University. She is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa, the novel Foreign Devil, two poetry collections: Of Flesh & Spirit and The Magic Whip, and the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China.

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