âAi is a truthteller picking her way through the burning rocks of racial and sexual lies.ââJoy HarjoBefore her untimely death in 2010, Ai, known for her searing dramatic monologues, was hailed as âone of the most singular voices of her generationâ (New York Times Book Review). Now for the first time, all eight books by this essential and uniquely American poet have been gathered in one volume. from âThe Cockfighterâs Daughterâ I found my father, face down, in his homemade chili and had to hit the bowl with a hammer to get it off, then scrape the pinto beans and chunks of ground beef off his face with a knife.
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W. W. Norton & Company
January 28, 2013
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