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Returning to mother's village with poet Jane Wong

Poet Jane Wong
Courtesy of Helene Christensen
Poet Jane Wong

Bill Radke and KUOW poetry correspondent Elizabeth Austen discuss an excerpt of "Pastoral Power," a sprawling, image-driven poem by local poet Jane Wong. The poem is rooted in a trip Wong took as a teenager to the rural village in southern China where her mother grew up. 

Sometimes, I think: can Walden exist in China? Returning to nature is a luxury we keep, like this floral soap I can't bear to clean my filthy face with.

"Pastoral Power" is part of Wong's first full-length collection, "Over Pour," published by Action Books.

Listen to the whole poem: 

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