Gutted

Gutted

Justin Chin / Feb 25, 2021

Gutted At his most flippant Chin is downright charming Publishers WeeklyWhile trying to make sense of this ever churning terror filled world poet Justin Chin found himself traveling repeatedly home to Sou

  • Title: Gutted
  • Author: Justin Chin
  • ISBN: 9781933149073
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • At his most flippant, Chin is downright charming Publishers WeeklyWhile trying to make sense of this ever churning, terror filled world, poet Justin Chin found himself traveling repeatedly home to Southeast Asia a region unnerved and raging with SARS and the Avian Flu to help care for his father who had suddenly been declared terminally ill with cancer In addition to h At his most flippant, Chin is downright charming Publishers WeeklyWhile trying to make sense of this ever churning, terror filled world, poet Justin Chin found himself traveling repeatedly home to Southeast Asia a region unnerved and raging with SARS and the Avian Flu to help care for his father who had suddenly been declared terminally ill with cancer In addition to his father s illness, Chin was managing his own health and medical annoyances and preparing for a looming US citizenship test At the beginning of this difficult period, Chin quietly vowed not to speak publicly about his troubles until they had been suitably resolved These poems mark the end of that resolution Gutted is a document of growing older a massively moving work of grief, loss, comfort, illness, and resolve imbued with Chin s unique screwy perspective, ever defective grace, and scabrous humor.Justin Chin is the author of two poetry collections, Harmless Medicine and Bite Hard Manic D Press , and two collections of essays, Burden of Ashes Alyson Books and Mongrel Essays, Diatribes and Pranks St Martin s Press Chin s writings have also been anthologized widely, notably in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry Thunder s Mouth Press , American Poetry The Next Generation Carnegie Mellon University Press , The World In Us Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave St Martin s Press , and Chick For A Day Simon Schuster He has performed his work throughout the United States He lives in San Francisco.

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    About "Justin Chin"

      • Justin Chin

        Born in Malaysia, raised educated in Singapore, shipped to the U.S by way of Hawaii, and lived in San Francisco Author of 3 books of poetry, all published by Manic D Press Bite Hard 1997 Harmless Medicine 2001 , a finalist in the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Awards and, Gutted 2006 , which received the 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry by the Publishing Triangle Squeezed in between these were 2 non fictions Mongrel Essays, Diatribes Pranks St Martins, 1999 , and the ur memoir, Burden of Ashes Alyson Publications, 2002.In the nineties, also led a double life as performance artist created and presented seven full length solo works here, there and where ever Packed up those cookies in 2002, with occasional relapses and the documents, scripts, and what heck from that period was published in Attack of the Man Eating Lotus Blossoms Suspect Thoughts Press, 2005 Continues to produce text visual Book based performance work Book 2 is an on going project where discarded or abandoned books found on the streets other public places are remade, remodeled, reworked into artists books.


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    1. An excerpt of my review of Gutted at Galatea Resurrects #4:Grief is accurate. Grief is not accurate. Do you want to know the facts or do you want the details?Justin Chin’s third poetry collection, Gutted, which is dedicated to the memory of Chin’s father, Dr. Chin Jeck Soon, is comprised of poems conveying a son’s exhaustion as he comes to terms with his father’s terminal illness, and his own illness, in which the death process, and the process of grieving are public and participatory. T [...]


    2. Bite Hard, one of Justin Chin's previous collections of poetry, is one of my favorite books. He very cleverly employs both rage and wit to express his thoughts and feelings about being Asian, queer, and an immigrant.This new collection, Gutted, is an unexpected departure. Taking liberties with a Japanese style of poetry called zuihitsu, it's more a series of diary entries than poems per se. His subject matter, too, has changed dramatically. Chiefly, the poems deal with both his father's death af [...]


    3. Chin's book is a collection of poems/dreams/recollections/musings occasioned by the death of his father due to terminal illness. I delved into this book last December as I was looking for narratives on/about grief. Though Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking" has received more literary attention and captures the surreal qualities of an unexpected passing, in my mind Chin cuts to the bone in rendering the dying of a loved one/parent. Both poetic and (un)sentimental, written with the characteri [...]


    4. Nice work, unusual approach, good lines: this book is a fine one. I recommend jumping wildly through the book trying to figure out where one poem ends and another begins. That exercise sharpens the attention you need to appreciate the larger arcs of connection between the works. Enjoy.



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