The Burden of Being Burmese

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Pub Date: 09/15/2015

Pages: 104

Publisher: Zephyr Press

Imprint: Zephyr Press

ISBN 13: 9781938890161

ISBN 10: 1938890167

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Category: POETRY / Asian / General

The Burden of Being Burmese

By Ko Ko Thett

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About the Book

"The Burden of Being Burmese displays an extraordinary fertile and febrile imagination—one that will both delight and disturb American readers."—Marjorie Perloff

"A brilliantly off-kilter book."—John Ashbery

Ko Ko Thett writes that he is "a poet by choice and a Burmese by chance." The poems in this collection—the first major volume in English by a contemporary Burmese poet—range from "faddish sugar crystals," written in Burmese for his 1996 illegal campus chapbook in Yangon, to his autumn 2014 "anxiety attack" in the Netherlands, where he now lives. Thett is the co-editor and translator of the seminal volume Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets.

About the Book

An exploration of the possibility of the translatability of lived experience between the personal and the political.

Author

Ko Ko Thett is a poet by choice and a Burmese by chance. The poems in this collection, many of which have appeared in English-language literary magazines worldwide, range from “faddish sugar crystals,” written in Burmese for his 1996 illegal campus chapbook at the Yangon Institute of Technology, to his autumn 2014 “anxiety attack” at the University of Leuven. Apart from his own work as a writer and translator, he is the co-editor and translator of the seminal volume Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets, (ARC, 2012; Northern Illinois University Press 2013).