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Rita Wong

Judge's Citation, Asian American Literary Awards:

Forage urgently forages through the strands of ecological, political, and economic crisis at the turn of the new millennium to produce, like the genetically engineered food it alludes to, poems that are experimental mutations for our consumption. This consumption produces--forges--an ethics that comprehends humans as creatures not only of nature, but also of language and technology. Provocative and playful, astute and energizing, Forage is an important contribution to poetry and to critical thought.

--Professor Juliana Chang, University of Santa Clara, editor of Quiet Fire: A Historical Anthology of Asian American Poetry, 1892-1970