Book #1: Six Rivers


Jenna Le’s debut poetry collection, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), can be purchased at the following sites:

Small Press Distribution
Norwich Bookstore (independent store in Norwich, VT)
Barnes and Noble

Advance Praise:

“Poems as visually precise as they are culturally aware… If the essential poem creates the same capacity it wants to possess, Six Rivers is about as essential as a book can get.”
     —Peter Richards, author of Oubliette and Helsinki

“Sometimes poignant, sometimes unexpectedly sensual, always intriguing…. An intelligent voice which looks frankly at her surroundings and how they reflect our inner lives, our vulnerabilities and desires.”
     —David Watts, MD, author of Bedside Manners

“A remarkable collection that moves across cultures telling stories that amuse, illuminate, unsettle, but always manage to carry the reader to a new even when familiar place.”
     —David R. McCann, poet and Harvard professor of Asian literature

Excerpts From Reviews:

“A hilarious tussle with sex rages throughout the collection…. Channels the livid and lyrical voice of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Daddy’…. Le dances between comedy and tragedy effortlessly.”
     —Rebecca Huval, Hyphen Magazine

“Exhibiting a rare natural ease with demanding forms…. Fresh and vibrant and occasionally searing in [its] brutal honesty and self-deprecating humor…. In these bold yet delicately crafted poems, Le’s unique voice and formal technical prowess present the substantial promise of an emerging poet with much to offer.”
     —Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom, Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century

“Her work reminds us why poetry can be so exciting — not because it shows us the world as we already know it, but because it takes the world we already know and makes it strange and new.”
     —Elizabeth Hoover, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Another book I have been returning to is Jenna Le’s Six Rivers. Le…approaches her poems…with the keen eye of both historian and physician, where lines are fashioned with meticulous precision yet are allowed to yield and unravel when needed….”
     —Ocean Vuong, Poetry

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