This compelling collection of prose poems charts a woman’s peripatetic journey as she struggles to find home in various lands whose inhabitants question or challenge her arrival. A rewarding excursion into a fierce and vibrant life!
Allegiance reads like a photogravure tour of cultural contradictions, fierce adaptations, family loyalties, and personal independence. Gee is a marvelously direct writer of powerful autobiographical vignettes, each one telling in its quiet ferocity for personal revelation, each a momentary, lyric ascent above everyday confusion.
In remarkably few words, Gee captures a life shaped by immigration, geographic distance, and the complexities of family. Allegiance makes its characters knowable and real, and is unafraid to ask them difficult questions.
Gee’s touch is both delicate and muscular while she explores the lives of the people our lives rest upon, the people responsible for who we’ve become. Other Small Histories is poetry with work to do, poetry to feed us, and move us more sanely from day to day.