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The Dead I Know

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The Dead I Know

By Burlee Vang

ISBN: 978-1-930454-28-6

Read an excerpt: “Ars Poetica

Praise for The Dead I Know

“That’s what the reader is in for, in this undertow of a book. Burlee Vang is part of everything and everybody he writes about, from growling stomachs to the tiger’s roar. This is a persuasive debut.” —Sandra McPherson

A beautiful and powerful collection! Every piece is painstakingly crafted with its own daring sword, cutting through the heart’s sorrow. Here, poetry is liberation, and Burlee Vang is thus far our best Hmong writer!” —Pos Moua

These poems articulate the harsh world of a war-torn country and its human aftermath as powerfully as any I’ve ever read. The various and distinct voices flinch at nothing, and yet somehow the book is not despairing. This is a visceral book, full of passion and fire, and something like hopefulness starts to rise from the ruins here—not as a gesture or a poetic device—but as an honest human response. This is a beautiful, harrowing and necessary book, and Burlee Vang is an extraordinary new voice in American poetry.” —Corrinne Clegg Hales

About Burlee Vang

Burlee Vang’s prose and poetry have appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Massachusetts Review, among other literary journals. His work has also been anthologized in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: Best New Voices of 2006 (Random House) and Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books). He holds an MFA in fiction from California State University–Fresno, and is the founder of The Hmong American Writers’ Circle. He lives in Fresno with his wife, Mary, and their two children, Belle and Jude

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