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Paisley Rekdal

 

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up as the child of a Norwegian father and a Chinese American mother. The essay examined the perceptions of race but started and ended with the completely personal. Its author was obviously a poet.

Since then, she has published four collections of poetry, garnering many awards and a professorship at the University of Utah. But she continues exploring provocative subjects in her poems and finding new ways of approaching those subjects. Her most recent collection, Animal Eye, has poems that find their roots in history and others that spring from the personal and familial. She can write an homage to a dead poet or a travel narrative where race becomes the dominant theme. There's often a subdued eroticism that charges the poems, yet they are unified by a meditative tone that allows the poet to move easily from exact observations to the thoughts that rise from them.

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