Our Bookseller says:
Fablesque establishes Anna Maria Hong as a fantastic (and feminist) poet and tale-spinner. She uses the liminal space of the fairy tale to skillfully, ironically, address topics surrounding constraint, intermingling transformation with stagnation. The end result is a collection that fits perfectly into the tradition of women reclaiming fairy tales, and provides a unique glimpse into the Korean-American experience.” -Terry
A hybrid-genre carnivalesque of trauma and rebirth, Fablesque harnesses the power of old tales to dispel the disenchantments of women and animals in the #MeToo era. Told in three acts, the first section comprises a bestiary blending fiction and myth; and personal essay, prose poem, and verse to speak to the reverberations of colonialist violence and war on the Korean peninsula long after the initial events. Section two meditates on places local (Seattle’s Ballard Locks) and otherworldly (the Moon) from to deliver the perspectives of creatures small (a lunar dog) and mighty (Hello Kitty) as they contemplate planet Earth. The final section channels the voices of beasts and women in experimental sonnets to speak to the peculiarities of our time, as we speed toward apocalypse in a corrupt and dying empire.
Harnessing folktale, fairy tale, and collage, the poems embrace constraint as a starting point for liberating new content and for addressing constructions and intersections of gender, race, power, and time. The collection embraces the great feminist tradition of retelling old tales to imbue them with female subjectivity, speaking to the thoughts, desires, and outrage of contemporary American women.