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review Engine Empire ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ë Engine Empire is a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems that evoke an array of genres and voices from Western ballads to sonnets about industrialized China to fragmented lyric poems set in the future Through three distinct yet interconnected seuences Cathy Park Hong explores the colleIna The third and last section The World Cloud is set in the far future and tracks how individual consciousness breaks up when everything books our private memories becomes immediately accessible data One of our most startlingly original poets Hong draws together individual voices at odds with the world voices that sing their wonder and terror. Engine Empire spans centuries and continents It blurs the boundaries between myth and history poetry and fiction It’s difficult to talk about the poems in Engine Empire separately because so much of their meaning derives from context The poems in the first section “The Battle of Our Jim” form a narrative The sections “Shangdu My Artful Boomtown” and “The World Cloud” build a world through a collection of poems In addition to connections within sections there are connections between sections In the last line of the final poem the narrator swallows some artificial snow containing the internet cloud “And this is what I saw” That line implies that the whole book may be some kind of vision induced by smart snow The interconnected narratives spanning centuries are somewhat reminiscent of Cloud Atlas Hong explores the theme of empire in a surprising way The three settings the wild west modern China and future silicon valley are not what immediately springs to mind when thinking of empire but Hong shows these societies as imperial She finds beauty in the violence of empire “Blood bursts from Earth’s throat in a mighty tornado and speckles itself across the soil hardening to ruby poppies A might empire arises” On my first read I thought that Engine Empire was anti imperialist but now I think it’s a bit nuanced than that Hong’s rebellious characters are nearly as violent as the empires they oppose and she doesn’t make them sound particularly righteous This moral ambiguity was part of what made the first section so brutal it was hard to root for any of the characters The combination of violence and repetitiveness the poems had similar imagery and themes and often the same voice made that section difficult to get through although poems in unusual forms abecedarians and lipograms created a little variety The second section “Shangdu My Artful Boomtown” contains poems set in a fantastical version of present day Shangdu China unsurprisingly given the title These poems are much varied in both content and style and do not tell a single narrative although they all have a fairly similar point of view about the city a sort of futurist present My favorite piece in this section is Adventures in Shangdu a collection of short fabulist pieces in between poetry and flash fiction The final section “The World Cloud” slowly pieces together an imaginary world through poetry As far as I know Hong is the only writer to employ this techniue Her first book Dance Dance Revolution created an imaginary Creole to describe it’s imaginary world In her world “smart snow seeps everywhere the search engine is inside us the world is our display” This future with its constant surveillance its high unemployment and the ability to visually “enhance” reality is just removed enough from our own to feel plausible and frightening “Get Away From It All” is one of the poems in this section that stands alone the best It makes use of alliteration and assonance “did you mean numerous no numinous when minds flood into minds yet one creed molds” The repetitive sounds create a humorous effect as do the line breaks “are they UN forces no they are nudist bathers” These two lines demonstrate one of the poem’s many shifts in tone The persona is both sarcastic about the nudist bathers “they call out like walruses these loafing rebels against the enhanced” and drawn to their old fashioned lives “yet go go into the unknown smell the salt and listen” Engine Empire is filled with nostalgia from this poem to “Fable of The Last Untouched Town” to “Gift” in which the persona’s lover “is the last surviving mannerly hearted archaeologist”

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Xplore the myth of prosperity The first seuence called Ballad of Our Jim draws inspiration from the Old West and follows a band of outlaw fortune seekers who travel to a California mining town during the 1800s In the second seuence Shangdu My Artful Boomtown a fictional industrialized boomtown draws its inspiration from present day Shenzhen Ch. I feel alive when I read these poems

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