Cathy Song's fourth collection of poetry unveils glimpses of the elusive but ever-present power of wisdom and compassion. Recognizing that we have the ability to create our own misery as well as our own bliss, she finds the unexpected in broken lives, despair, and even seemingly joyous occasions. Song's poems are often, like a handful of water, "cold and impossibly / clear, unlike anything / you've ever held before."
Cathy Song is the author of Picture Bride, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; Frameless Windows, Squares of Light; and School Figures. Her work has been widely anthologized in such publications as Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation, The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Her poems have also appeared on the buses of Atlanta, the subway cars of New York, the Poetry Daily website, and, most recently, in The Best American Poetry 2000. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Frederick Book Prize from Poetry, the Shelly Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Hawaii Award for Literature, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Pushcart Prize, Song lives in Honolulu with her husband and three children.