Book Review: Tender Machines by J. Mae Barizo

Tender Machines, J. Mae Barizo’s second full-length poetry collection, begins with the epigraph from Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar that tenderness is what women see in other women that they don’t see in a man. This book is for women, in all their roles and royalties—daughter, friend, lover, mother, great-grandmother.

Book Review: A Plucked Zither by Phuong T. Vuong

A Plucked Zither is a bold collection where Vuong presents an “anti-map” of herself and of the children of Vietnamese migrants.

Book Review: Bamboophobia by ko ko thett

To read ko ko thett’s Bamboophobia is to walk, crawl, and stumble through a grove bursting with the slipperiness of language and the absurd violence of forced nationalism: when an authoritarian government terrorizes peoples into conforming into their brand of national identity. And then suddenly, you find yourself in unexpected clearings: dark humor, chilling and deliberate absences of history, sets of self-translated parallel poems of Burmese and English otherwise ensconced among English texts. Bamboophobia is not merely a volume of poetry—it’s a state of being. 

Book Review: Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

In Banyan Moon, Thao Thai’s debut novel, three generations of women find their way home, from southern Vietnam’s incendiary tropical heat to the claustrophobic innards of a vast gothic mansion on Florida’s swampland coast.

Book Review: Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

In 2016, an Amerasian man named Phong sits at the American consulate in Hồ Chí Minh City, Việt Nam, and waits with bated breath for a visa approval that never comes

Book Review: Daughters of the New Year by E.M. Tran

Diasporic movements can distort narratives to unrecognizable lengths. Memories are buried with trauma, and the interconnectedness of generations can be lost. Such ideas are pondered in E.M. Tran’s Daughters of the New Year