"These final poems are wild, stirring, devastating. You should read them if you want someone to wake up your heart."—Ken Chen, Executive Director, The Asian American Writers' Workshop
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Kim-An Lieberman was a writer of Vietnamese and Jewish American descent, born in Rhode Island and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She studied at the University of Washington before earning a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The author of one previous poetry collection, Breaking the Map (Blue Begonia, 2008), she also spent many years teaching literature and writing in kindergarten through college classrooms. Kim-An was diagnosed with late-stage gastric cancer in 2011 at the age of 38. She died in 2013.
Breaking the Map
A poet’s journey through mythical Vietnam, contemporary America, and the enduring landscape of memory.
Breaking the Map calls itself a book of poetry, but in reality it’s Kim-An Lieberman carrying, by hand, words, images, songs, stories and laying them in front of the reader. And whatever forty-year-old image we might still remember from Vietnam or America that is part real and part television, she makes whole, new, and vibrant. She makes us a witness more than reader.” –Shawn Wong
“Kim-An Lieberman’s gorgeous poems don’t just map human experience, they crawl through its dust, searching. Her subjects are sometimes mythical, fanciful—a lover sprouts wings, a water buffalo arrives in the suburbs—but even the mundane is magnifed by language that is startling, and exquisitely precise, that I couldn’t put out of my mind. The opening Vietnam sequence is a perfectly-pitched love song to a country ‘glinting just beyond the edge of vision.’ Lieberman’s ear is unerring, her hunger insatiable.”
“Simply put, this is a wonderful first collection. Kim-An Lieberman really has broken the map. Each poem asks us to stand on the edge of things and wave hello—or good-bye—as if it matters. This is a geography that demands attention.”
Kim-An Lieberman holds a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Vietnamese American literature, from the University of California-Berkeley. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, CALYX, Threepenny Review , and the anthology AsianAmerica.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace . She lives in Seattle. http://www.kalieberman.com/