By Cathy Park Hong
Engine Empire is a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems that evoke an array of genres and voices, from Western ballads to sonnets approximately industrialized China to fragmented lyric poems set sooner or later. via 3 precise but interconnected sequences, Cathy Park Hong explores the collective cognizance of fictionalized boomtowns with the intention to discover the parable of prosperity. the 1st series, referred to as "Ballad of Our Jim," attracts concept from the previous West and follows a band of outlaw fortune seekers who commute to a California mining city through the 1800s. within the moment series, "Shangdu, My crafty Boomtown!" a fictional industrialized boomtown attracts its concept from present-day Shenzhen, China. The 3rd and final part, "The global Cloud," is determined within the a ways destiny and tracks how person attention breaks up whilst everything—books, our deepest memories—becomes instantly available facts. certainly one of our so much startlingly unique poets, Hong attracts jointly person voices at odds with the realm, voices that sing their ask yourself and terror.
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The second man put the bundle on the table and spread it out. It consisted of two yellow-and-green tunics wrapped around two swords and two daggers. ” He was stupid to deny it, Gwenda thought fearfully: they would get the truth out of him, just as he had got the truth out of her. ” His voice hardened with threat, and the handful of other customers in the room all got up from their seats and quickly slipped out of the inn, leaving only Gwenda’s family. “Joby left here a while ago,” Pa said desperately.
He could be a contender. Godwyn carried the dinner back to the prior’s house, feeling worried. If Cecilia decided to help Theodoric, he did not know what he would do. He had no fall-back plan. He wanted to be prior of Kingsbridge one day. He felt sure he could do the job better than Anthony. And if he was a successful prior, he might rise higher: bishop, archbishop, or perhaps a royal official or counsellor. He had only a vague idea of what he would do with such power, but he felt strongly that he belonged in some elevated position in life.
They were going to murder her, Gwenda felt sure. She could see nothing through her tears, and she was sobbing too hard to plead for her life. She would die and go to hell. She waited for the end. “Let her go,” said the older man. ” The younger man released her and gave her a shove. She stumbled and fell to the ground. She got up, wiped her eyes so that she could see, and stumbled off. “Go on, run away,” the man called after her. ” Caris could not sleep. She got up from her bed and went into Mama’s room.