quiet of chorus

quiet of chorus / UpSet Press, 2018

quiet of chorus lifts up the often muffled lineages of resistance to normalized state violence in contemporary life. Huang’s embodied poem-worlds stoke our yearnings for freedom and wholeness, and help enliven the path forward.
–Morgan Bassichis

In quiet of chorus, Vanessa Huang serves as a multi-tongued conductor, beating out stories in the words of the lost, giving voice to the earth, to the dead, occupied, imprisoned and to the invisible. She channels memories already imbedded in the earth and calls up the supernaturalto remind us of our many histories. When her poems unfold the misery of oppression and loss,the heart is moved into arrhythmic beats, percussioned by the precision of language, form andimages. Poems are constructed anatomically, each given a precise shape that embodies its
bloodflow, heart and internal music. Quiet of Chorus also invites the reader to prayer, turning
to the natural to combat the diseases, toxins and policies that have poisoned the earth and our
lives. It addresses our consciousness on a cellular level and in the global sphere. The poems
Quiet of Chorus are heartbreaking and lovely—each entry new in creation and consciousness,
unsettling and comforting in one breath.
Elmaz Abinader
Author, This House, My Bones

quiet of chorus lifts up the often muffled lineages of resistance to normalized state violence in contemporary life. Huang’s embodied poem-worlds stoke our yearnings for freedom and wholeness, and help enliven the path forward.
–Morgan Bassichis

Vanessa Huang’s first book of poems bears witness to an intimate terrain traversing pasts, presents, and futures within and surrounding political movements to end various embodiments of the prison industrial complex in the 2000s, California and beyond. Making refuge in diaspora, these poems inhabit and transform the poet’s languages of heritage and migration into their own call-and-response syntax, inviting readers and listeners into prayer, pause, novel gesture towards freedom.

Anthologies

Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press, 2015)

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011)

Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011)

Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy Against the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2008)