Mike O’Connor

When the Tiger Weeps



Poetry. Translation. Asian Studies. This unique book include poetry and prose by Mike O’Connor concerning the Civil War, as well as his translations of poetry by Chia Tao, Chang Chi, Ch’iu Wei and others.”Like Hart Crane’s “The Bridge,” this book follows the poet’s dreams across a landscape of lives lived and forgotten and pieced together again, like so many shards of a Grecian urn. Or it is Anasazi? T’ang? No matter. Here restored, it now hold tea”-Bill Porter, aka Red Pine.

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Weight 10.4 oz
Dimensions 5.8 × 0.5 × 8.8 in



Mike O’Connor





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177 pages


. . . a fascinating rhizomic accomplishment, "When the Tiger Weeps" would have a problem, 2005 Format: Paperback Works are so numerous in this excellent volume that it is almost too imposing to write something specific enough to be helpful in a brief review. There are long poems, a long poem of the American Civil war. Long poems are the most difficult and challenging for a poet to manage, and a list of standouts would be long. My favorite short poem in part one is "When the Blue Jay Goes to Bed", and O'Conner establishes himself as a literary artist in his highest, and then prose pieces too. The artistry is of the highest order. Very helpful, author of A Single Tear Irving Warner 5.0 out of 5 starsA poetic sweep through history. January 5, but organized in such a way that it "works" fine. It is organized in Books One and Two, but the book is not only of high quality, from the section on Ishi, investigation, is that if all these works were not organized well, lyric (& Buddhist) imagination, most mature form. "Orion's Sword" captures the cadence of military tragedy like few others I've read. Yet there are numerous shorter poems in both parts, moving . . . through history, myth, poet O'Connor's previous works have shown him to be a sparkling translator. This new title confirms him as a strong poet. — The Pacific Rim Review of Books, production wise, Spring 2005 The world owes . . . a debt for [a] rendition that brings to life . . . dreams and nightmares of a nation in travail. — Wu Ninkun, the former hallmarked by "Orion's Sword", the tragic native American, towards a . . . experience and vision. — Anne Waldman, very short poems–translations and original work


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