By Sophia Terazawa
A collection of love poems addressed to an adverb, Anon meditates on the temporal phrase akin to the feeling of two people, two languages, two migratory histories meeting “at once” between desire and exile.
Publication Date: 2/7/2023
From the playful verses of Tomaž Šalamun to the brushstrokes of “Two Gibbons Reaching for the Moon” by Itō Jakuchū, the arriving form of a winged Beloved unfurls a tapestry of longing despite our borders. In Anon, the voices reflect on linguistic possibilities of resilience against the silence of ecocide. Beauty becomes a source of touch and healing. The Mekong delta in Vietnam responds to the book's crystallizing force of Eros. Endangered gibbons swing from the ruins of colonial memory, and each image―rose, ape, and river―weaves into this current of music.
Sophia Terazawa is a poet and performer of Vietnamese-Japanese descent working with ghosts. She is the author of two chapbooks: I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press), a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest, and Correspondent Medley (Factory Hollow Press), winner of the 2018 Tomaž Šalamun Prize; and Winter Phoenix (Deep Vellum, 2021). Additional honors include the Bill Waller Award for Creative Nonfiction, LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award, and Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. Terazawa's work appears widely in journals and magazines, such as The Offing, New Delta Review, The Iowa Review, and The Rumpus.