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East Bay Launch for "Invisible Gifts, Poems" with Maw Shein Win and Guests
Sunday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Join us for the launch of Maw Shein Win's first full-length poetry collection Invisible Gifts, Poems.
With readings by:
Maw Shein Win
Invisible Gifts, Poems by Maw Shein Win
Manic D Press April 2018
Themes of vulnerability and power emerge through reflections on family, art, and loss from an award-winning poet.
In her full-length collection of poems, Win depicts a colorful world imbued with unexpected paradoxes: nature is both comforting and savagely unnerving; love is permanent and fleeting; and the accuracy and flaws of memory abound. Her experiences with illness and recovery intertwine with her identity as a Burmese American daughter of immigrant doctors. For instance, in poems like “Hands”: My father’s hands, frail birds, shaking wings. / In Burmese, “win” means bright. / Hands that stitched skin together and brought back life. Win’s unique perspective and artful language offer readers insight into how the heart can bend and mend without breaking.