Poetry. Christine Shan Shan Hou's newest collection of poems, COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR LONELY GIRLS depicts a journey that traverses imagined histories and various states of consciousness. In Hou's poems, "the now moves with such glacial intensity"—folkloric myth and cultural detail are weaved together in animated modulation. These poems assert that desire for the unknown is pertinent to understanding one's identity and survival: "I know I could die, but if / I could be anything // I would be an aquarium full of / colorful fish and deep // breathing, / You know // like nude and / without age." Like a feminist spiritual quest or the act of a messenger delivering consequential information to a participant community, Hou's poems shape shift while simultaneously evoking its changeability: "I open my legs and a saint comes out / like a tiny blessing." Here, the subtle, gross, and causal body get in alignment despite the complexities and controversies of living a life. "Enough dilly-dallying. The love is coming."
Publishers Weekly reviewAlyse Bensel @ Colorado ReviewJulia Bloch @ Jacket2
Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Previous publications include "I'm Sunlight" (The Song Cave, 2016), C O N C R E T E S O U N D (2011), a collaborative artists' book with artist Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio, 2010).Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA