Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Tina Cane's new collection of poems, BODY OF WORK, fuses the personal and the political as it explores the nature of work, poetry, economics, and motherhood. BODY OF WORK is a meditation on memory and change: the changing landscape of the inner and outer life, of family and city, and the nature of personal and cultural identity. Cane reflects upon the "continual mysteries" of her Chinese-American heritage and the complexities of being a person in the world with others.
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Tina Cane is the author of the poetry collections YEAR OF THE MURDER HORNET (Veliz Books 2022), BODY OF WORK (Veliz Books, 2019), and ONCE MORE WITH FEELING (Veliz Books, 2017). She has also published the chapbooks Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016) and The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008). Born and raised in New York City, Tina Cane serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Cane's poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny, Tupelo Quarterly, Cargo, Two Serious Ladies, The Birmingham Review and The Good Men Project. She is the creator/curator of the distance reading series, Poetry is Bread. Her debut novel-in-verse for young adults, Alma Presses Play (Penguin/Random House) was released in 2021.