Bowling Pin Fire

Paperback | October 20, 2007

byAndy Quan

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In his second book of poems, Andy Quan recounts a series of firsts: first time listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue , first loss of a friend, first dance with a man. Building on earlier explorations of memory, sexuality, and culture that are the signatures of his best work, Bowling Pin Fire transcribes the arc of one man’s life from growing up Chinese in Vancouver, to seeing the world through the lens of fearless, free-spirited youth, to arriving, as we all must, at the initial cautionary glimmerings of midlife. The rituals and rivalries of grade school, the later experiments with everything new, the close-knit dynamics of family and far-flung friends, the happenstances and fidelities of love, the elation and hangover of travel to unexpected quadrants of the globe all prompt the quality of reflection necessary to the leading of a truly examined, contemporary life. Andy Quan asks of himself and of everyone: how to be fully in and of the moment? Bowling Pin Fire not with empty answers but with the good fortune of worldly insight.

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In his second book of poems, Andy Quan recounts a series of firsts: first time listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue , first loss of a friend, first dance with a man. Building on earlier explorations of memory, sexuality, and culture that are the signatures of his best work, Bowling Pin Fire transcribes the arc of one man’s life from grow...

Andy Quan’s previous books include Slant (poetry), Calendar Boy (short fiction), Six Positions (gay erotica), and Swallowing Clouds, an Anthology of Chinese Canadian Poetry (as co-editor). His poems and stories have also appeared in anthologies, magazines, and literary reviews around the world. Of Cantonese origin, he was born in V...

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Calendar Boy
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Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.22 inPublished:October 20, 2007Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897109229

ISBN - 13:9781897109229

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"Quan writes with an enticing style whose conversational simplicity blossoms smoothly into intricate, evocative imagery; the result is poetry both musical and highly visual."—Richard Labonté, Lambda Book Report