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Toxic Flora: Poems (Hardcover)

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“Kimiko Hahn stands as a welcome voice of experimentation and passion.”—Bloomsbury Review

For Kimiko Hahn, the language and imagery of science open up magical possibilities for the poet. In her haunting eighth collection inspired by articles from the weekly “Science” section of the New York Times, Hahn explores identity, extinction, and survival using exotic tropes drawn from the realms of astrophysics, mycology, paleobotany, and other rarefied fields. With warmth and generosity, Hahn mines the world of science in these elegant, ardent poems.

from “On Deceit as Survival”

   Yet another species resembles

   a female bumble bee,

   ending in frustrated trysts—

   or appears to be two fractious males

   which also attracts—no surprise—

   a third curious enough to join the fray.

   What to make of highly evolved Beauty

   bent on deception as survival—

About the Author

Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten collections of poems. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Voelcker Award, and a Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York, and lives in Queens.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393076622
ISBN-10: 0393076628
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2010
Pages: 128
Language: English