under your face

under your face cover

by Valerie Hsiung

Paperback – 128 pages – Poetry – $12.50

ISBN 978-0-9897344-1-7

Release date: October 7, 2013

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The second book of poet Valerie Hsiung is a cyclical work composed of eight multinarrative chapters whose elements meet at the intersection of war, memory, possession, greed, and even pleasure.

Praise for the author:

“Valerie Hsiung is a very prolific writer whose poems have great tonal, mood, vocal scale – that lower limit speech upper limit music of which Zukofsky spoke. She can also express exasperation and alacrity in the space of a single short poem. Too wise to be innocent and too fresh to be gnarly, she eases you into her bold stances. She is one of those poets you wish were more populous for they pull you up by the hair roots and remind you living is serious business, and the whole world is in our dirty little hands.” –C.D. Wright (National Book Critics Circle Award and Griffin Poetry Prize Winner)

On under your face:

“From its optical title page to its draining final line directing us elsewhere, under your face attempts to clear a ‘dead center’ in the middle of contemporary noise where a new kind of thinking is pieced together from reconstituted shreds of noise itself. Noise like nori you can make electricity from: ‘balloon grandifloris/boardwalk rotundifolia/flower licorice latex gloves’. This volume delivers surprise akin to reading the Imagists for the first time:  the poem leaps up in the room of the page. Then the poem goes someplace else.  As ee cummings wrote, ‘my sonnet is a light goes on in’.” –Joyelle McSweeney (author of Percussion Grenade, The Red Bird, and Flet)

Author Biography:

Poet and performer Valerie Hsiung is the author of three full-length poetry collections: e f g: a trilogy (Action Books, 2016), incantation inarticulate (O Balthazar Press, 2013), and under your face (O Balthazar Press, 2013). Her poetry and interviews can be found or is forthcoming in numerous places, including American Letters & Commentary, Apiary, Black Nerd Problems, Cosmonauts Avenue, Denver Quarterly, Diode Poetry Journal, Moonshot, New Delta Review, PEN Poetry Series, Prelude, RealPoetik, Tammy, and VOLT. She has performed at Casa Libre en la Solana, Common Area Maintenance, Leon Gallery, Poetic Research Bureau, Rhizome, Shapeshifter Lab, and Treefort Music Festival, among elsewhere. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hsiung studied literary translation and ecopoetics at Brown University and is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a modern-day matchmaker. She serves as an editor for Poor Claudia.