Cycling With The Dragon by Elaine WooCycling With The Dragon by Elaine Woo

Cycling With The Dragon

byElaine Woo

Paperback | September 28, 2014

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Cycling with the Dragon is a personal investigation of family,love, culture, self, and the helpless feeling of "smallness." Elaine Woo's poems take the form of the words that they speak: she forms an "o" for the buoy that is a child's safety-raft (found in the solitude of a notebook and Harriet the Spy), and weaves a poem about fearing snakes and dreams into a descending slither.

Woo's poems weave meaning with form, writing in a pastiche of diverse poetic voices who are small by virtue of age or status (be they women, children, ethnic minorities or the creatures of nature). And like tenacious seeds they break through to reach the sun, to face an abusive parent, bullies, the pain of shyness, envy, or racism.
Elaine Woo is a poet/librettist and non-fiction writer. Her work has appeared in ARC Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology,V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2012), The Enpipe Line, Earthwalk, Ricepaper, West Coast Line, Ascent Aspirations and Megaphone Magazine. Elaine’s ar...
Title:Cycling With The DragonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.21 inPublished:September 28, 2014Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889713014

ISBN - 13:9780889713017

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A striking first book of poems Cycling with the Dragon by Elaine Woo is an impressive first collection. The title suggests a combination of skill and daring. The poems, which range from the domestic to the social and the ecological, display these qualities. She is a bold and accomplished poet. She writes about the personal in a way that reaches out to others and to the world. She has thought deeply about her vocation as a poet, her responsibilities as a maker with words. Her poems are both traditional and twenty first century in their subjects. She writes tactile poetry with a firm grip on the tangible world, domestic, urban, and natural. The formal diversity, the strong voice and wide range in subject make this book a rewarding page turner.
Date published: 2015-01-23

Editorial Reviews

Cycling with the Dragon excites by bringing the large scale of mythologies and the pathos of the human condition down to the micro, personal level...Woo's work is unflinching, confronting difficulty head-on by diving repeatedly into childhood traumas, the failures of desire on both personal and societal levels, contemplations on pregnancy and motherhood and the broader socioeconomic concerns of today's world...Her images are lively and colourful, even when the subject matter is dark or difficult....worthwhile and daring."--Kerri Lu, Asian Cha