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Each Crumbling House
by  Melody S. Gee

Winner of the 2010 Perugia Press Prize
for a first or second book of poetry by a woman

How is lineage influenced by immigration, culture, and language?  In what ways do expectations, ideas, and acts of inheritance haunt us?  In Each Crumbling House, Melody Gee writes about the fractious, disappointing, and also enriching experience of being first-generation Asian American. Gee asks about inheriting a language that isn’t hers and a culture that died during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, while she tangles with the loss of her mother’s culture, food, history, and home.  Written with precision of line, image, and syntax, these restrained lyric poems invite and reward the reader with their grace, and stand out for their historical and emotional interweaving.
Melody S. Gee lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and teaches writing at Southwestern Illinois College.   This is her first book.

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