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I wake this morning to a bruise the size of a plum
on my left hand. I have a memory of something hitting it, of thinking I bet you’ll forget all about this. A memory, I can’t be sure
if it’s real. My sister recalls smashing my hand in a car door, antique Cadillac, white and baby blue, always smelled of mint. But she’s running away,
tearing through the double door of the high school as my father, in a rush, slams the car door on my hand. I want to remember the person who said, “Memory is an opening door.” I want to remember

Listen to "Memory Reel," a poem from Nancy Chen Long's Wider than the Sky, in full in the Southern Review/LSUP.

In her second book Wider Than the Sky, Nancy Chen Long grapples with the porous and slippery nature of memory and mind. Through form and content, the poems in the book mimic memory, its recursive and sometimes surreal qualities—how recalling one memory resurrects a different memory, which then jumps to another memory, and then another, each memory connected by the thinnest of wisps—as well as memory’s mutability—conflicting memories among family members, changes in the collective memory of a society, a buried memory that is resurrected when one catches the scent of a forgotten perfume. Wider Than the Sky explores the role of memory in identity, how the physical aspects of the brain impact who we are, and how who we are—both individually and as a society—is, in one sense, a narrative. These poems delve into the mind’s need for narrative in order to make sense of the world and how a society uses stories and myth to help its members remember a lesson, a preferred behavior, or their position in the social scale.

Preorder Wider than the Sky here.

This AWP, come celebrate the launch of the 2020 Diode Editions catalog at The Good Kind Southtown in San Antonio on Friday, March 6th from 6:30-9:30.

Featuring Dorothy Chan Nancy Chen Long Gregory Donovan Kathleen Graber Jared Harel Allison Joseph Zeeshan Pathan Simone Person Michele Poulos KC Trommer Gail Wronsky

The 2020 Diode Editions catalog includes new work from Nancy Chen Long (WIDER THAN THE SKY), Zeeshan Khan Pathan (THE MINISTER OF DISTURBANCES), Allison Joseph (THE LAST HUMAN HEART), Julia Cohen (GOOD TIMING & GERTRUDE STEIN), Gregory Donovan & Michele Poulos (PRISMATICS: LARRY LEVIS & CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY).

We'll be at table #2212 for our 2020 book launch, author signings & more! Come say hi and pick up new titles from Allison Joseph, Julia Cohen, Gregory Donovan, Michele Poulos, Nancy Chen Long, & Zeeshan Khan Pathan. On Friday, March 6th, celebrate with us at The Good Kind Southtown!

Read on below for details.

The Good Kind Southtown

1127 South St. Mary’s St

Friday, March 6th

6:30 – 9:30



Dorothy Chan, Nancy Chen Long, Gregory Donovan, Kathleen Graber, Jared Harél, Allison Joseph, Zeeshan Pathan, Simone Person, Michele Poulos, KC Trommer,

& Gail Wronsky

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