Little Anodynes (Paperback)
University of South Carolina Press, 9781611175257, 72pp.
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
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The third collection by the prize-winning Asian American poet Jon Pineda, Little Anodynes is a sequence of lyrical, personal narratives that continue Pineda�s exploration of his biracial identity, the haunting loss of his sister, and the joys�and fears�of fatherhood. With its title inspired by Emily Dickinson, Little Anodynes offers its poems as �respites,� as breaks in the reader�s life that serve as opportunities for discovery and healing. Pineda deftly uses shortened lines and natural pauses to create momentum, which allows the poems to play out in a manner evocative of fine cinema, as if someone had left a projector running and these narratives were flickering and blending endlessly in an experience shared by the viewer, the storyteller, and the story itself.