The Book of Mirrors by Yun Wang takes the reader on a journey of enlightenment through unexpected discoveries and heartbreaks. This adventure spans different realms: the ancient and the present, the physical and the metaphysical, poetry and science. It is an insistent search for truth, goodness, and beauty, within the scope of the infinite universe.
I Face on Mars 2 Superstition of a Caged Bird 3 Cleopatra’s Dream 4 Regret 5 Sapphire 6 Bach’s Chaconne 7 Black Roses 8 Nocturne I 10 Muse with a Brown Paper Bag 11 Liebestraum 12 Poppies 13 Sirius 14 II The Nun and the Prince 16 Nine Springs 17 The Lovers of Teruel 18 Frida With Hummingbirds 19 Casanova: a Translation from Fellini 20 The Mirror’s Edge 21 A Night in Athens 22 San Francisco Bay at Night 23 Neighbors in Bathrobes 24 Nocturne II 25 Frondescence 26 Winter Seascape 27 Minuet 28 Ever After 29 Flowers in the Mirror 30 III Hidden 32 The Visitation 33 Shadow Test 34 Children’s Game in Baghdad 35 Green Stars 36 An Ancient Ice Bridge Breaks 37 Contact 38 The Beetle from Outer Space 39 Walking on Mars 40 Saturn’s Moons 41 Seascape at Santa Monica 42 Thousands of Years in a Glance 43 Migration 44 IV Horse by the Mountain Stream 46 August Dream 47 Immortality 48 Sam’s Plan 49 Sam’s Questions 50 Supermoon 51 Seascape at South Padre Island 52 Gifted with Beauty 53 Snow Angel 54 Transformation 55 The Burren 56 Fuerteventura at Night 57 The Butterfly 58 Epiphany 59 Forecasts 60
"Her poems are not only beautiful, but astounding in their richness of information, news, glimpses, and inklings from more dimensions of world and mind than I can account for. Each poem is a potent nexus of imagination, memory, and piercing analysis. Yun Wang is a seer." —Li-Young Lee
“In Yun Wang’s The Book of Mirrors, “a silver portal opens to the hidden garden” of a fragrant universe. Myths, tales, and lyrical excavations reveal passageways that traverse inner and outer spaces humming with desire. Her collection is a generous invitation: each poem is a threshold to a world within a world.” —Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, judge