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By Mai Der Vang

ISBN-10: 1555977707

ISBN-13: 9781555977702

The 2016 winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of yankee Poets, chosen by means of Carolyn Forché

When I make the crossing, you want to now not be taken irrespective of what
the present provides. after we achieve the camp,

there should be millions like us.
If I make it onto the airplane, you need to keep on with me to the roads
and ready pastures of America.

We won't journey the water this day at the shoulders of buffalo
as we used to a long time in the past, nor can we forage
for the sweetest mangoes.

I am refugee. you're too. Cry, yet don't weep.

—from “Transmigration”

Afterland is a robust, crucial selection of poetry that recounts with devastating aspect the Hmong exodus from Laos and the destiny of millions of refugees looking asylum. Mai Der Vang is telling the tale of her family, and via doing so, she additionally offers a vital heritage of the Hmong culture’s ongoing resilience in exile. a lot of those poems are written within the voices of these fleeing insufferable violence after U.S. forces recruited Hmong warring parties in Laos in the key conflict opposed to communism, simply to desert them after that conflict went awry. That historical past is little identified or understood, however the 3 hundred thousand Hmong now residing within the usa live evidence of its aftermath. With poems of remarkable strength and charm, Afterland holds an unique position in American poetry and lands with a feeling of humanity kept, of shock, of a deep culture damaged by way of conflict and ocean yet nonetheless intact, remembered, and lived.

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