Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. AND SO I WAS BLESSED weaves together three narrative strands: a tourist visiting Viet Nam, a son sojourning to his father's village in the Mekong Delta, and a professor leading his students on a term abroad, all for the first time. Running throughout this poetry collection is the refrain of the central character—the tourist, son, and professor—missing the daughter he left behind. This is a book about history and memory, tourism and education, arrival and departure, loss and alienation, longing and misrecognition, and above all, a father's love for his daughter.
Bunkong Tuon is a writer, critic, and associate professor of English at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. His criticism on Southeast Asian American literature has been published in Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, Mosaic, Children's Literature Quarterly, among others. His poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review, Consequence, Poetry Quarterly, The Mekong Review, Numéro Cinq, and others. He is a contributor to Cultural Weekly. GRUEL, his first poetry collection, was published in 2015 (NYQ Books) and AND SO I WAS BLESSED is his latest book (NYQ Books, 2017).Author City: SCHENECTADY, NY USA