“Each poem is like a piece of a puzzle,” Vang says, adding that once a reader starts putting the pieces together, the broader image becomes clear.
Vang had written a handful of poems before coming up with the idea to make all of the works connected. She then wrote poems that were bridges between her other works to complete the book, which features 50 different, but related works.
She says she chose the unusual concept to make her book standout from other poetry publications. Vang says it was a lot harder to create than if she had just gone with 50 unrelated poems.
Vang, who was inspired by her favorite writer, Edgar Allan Poe, mixes old and modern-day English, free verses and rhymes, and speculative and narrative poetry to discuss science, fantasy and horror. Poe’s influence can be seen in the way she takes the ordinary and gives it a different slant to make it scary.
Other books of local interest
“Pietro Aretino, the Sentient of Venice” (Press at California State University, Fresno, $15): The new novel by Dr. Joseph Satin, a dean emeritus of the California State University, Fresno, College of Arts and Humanities, deals with the 16th-century writer, scam artist, conniver and womanizer in the ruling courts of power in Rome and Venice.
Satin was at Fresno State from 1973-90.
The book is available at thepressatcsufresno.org or by calling (559) 278-3056.
“Bears With Us” (Mundania Press, $12.95): This is Springville author Marilyn Meredith’s latest deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. In the new book, the deputy must deal with a teen suicide.
“Ghost Island” (Black Opal, $10.99): The latest work from Bonnie Hearn Hill, who leads a private writers’ workshop in Fresno, is the story of a shipwrecked girl who finds the perfect love.
This is the seventh novel by the author, teacher and public speaker.
It can be purchased at amazon.com.
By Rick Bentley / The Fresno Bee
Saturday, Oct. 01, 2011 | 06:21 PM