We Play A Game by Duy DoanWe Play A Game by Duy Doan

We Play A Game

byDuy DoanForeword byCarl Phillips

Hardcover | March 20, 2018

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Duy Doan’s striking debut reveals the wide resonance of the collection’s unassuming title, in poems that explore—now with abundant humor, now with a deeply felt reserve—the ambiguities and tensions that mark our effort to know our histories, our loved ones, and ourselves. These are poems that draw from Doan’s experience as a Vietnamese-American while at the same time making a case for—and masterfully playing with—the fluidity of identity, history, and language. Nothing is alien to these poems: the Saigon of a mother’s dirge, the footballer Zinedine Zidane, an owl that “talks to his other self in the well”—all have a place in Doan’s far-reaching and intimately human art.
Duy Doan is a Kundiman Fellow whose poetry has appeared in Poetry, Slate, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He received an MFA in Poetry from Boston University. Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry. His most recent work is the poetry collection Reconnaissance. This is his seventh year as judge of the Yale Seri...
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Title:We Play A GameFormat:HardcoverDimensions:104 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:March 20, 2018Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300230885

ISBN - 13:9780300230888

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Editorial Reviews

“These are intimate, mischievous poems, alternately wry, forthright, vulnerable, winking, and sincere.”—Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe

“Refreshingly unshowy, Doan’s collection is not an obvious choice for a big prize, but it reveals itself to be a deserving one.”—Publishers Weekly