Greenhouses, Lighthouses

Greenhouses, Lighthouses

by Tung-Hui Hu


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"Perplexity and wonder are integral parts of Tung-Hui Hu's poetry, which is as elegant as it is surprising."—Rain Taxi

"This fresh and unexpected poet extends the lyric into the social space without losing any of song's intensity or mystery."—Mark Doty

"Tung-Hui Hu works magic on the page."—Linda Gregerson

Weaving between the personal and cosmic I, Tung-Hui Hu's lyrics seek the "greenhouse"—a place of saturation, growth—as a poetic space to cultivate new modes through which our common language can once again illuminate and guide—"lighthouse." With minimalism and control, Greenhouses, Lighthouses draws subtly from photography, cinematography, and history to create haunting and memorable connections.

from "Cosmos Revealed behind a Dense Curtain of Poppies":

Greenhouses, Lighthouses. The first
astronomers tended on hands and knees
the soil of the universe, smoothing
away moss, seeding by night.
Now our galaxy has the sixfold
symmetry of ornament on the tower of Alhambra,
shoots curled from stem looping
heaven and earth together. Trace
curlicues and rosettes with your finger.
The chamber sealed off to mortals but
open above, like a poppy.

Tung-Hui Hu, author of three books of poetry, earned his MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and a PhD in film from University of California Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556594069
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Lannan Literary Selections
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three books of poetry, The Book of Motion (U. Georgia, 2003) winner of the Avery Hopwood Award; Mine (Ausable, 2007) winner of the Eisner Literary Award; and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon, 2012). He teaches at the University of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. In addition to receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, Tung-Hui Hu holds a PhD in Film from the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Invisible Green 3

Ars Poetica 8

Exposure 9

History of Pornography 10

Ode, Washington Dulles International Airport 11

What Was Rationed 13

On Curing Images and Pork 14

Cosmos Revealed behind a Dense Curtain of Poppies 15

The Order of Things 16

Year of Following People 17

Gleaners 18

Hands and Feet 19

Invisible Green 21

Palinodes 27

Invisible Green 61

Notes and Intertitles 66

About the Author 67


Splitting 28

A Cloud System 31

Ghost Story

Years Varied as a Bloom of Flowers

A Gust of Wind

To Launch a Weather Balloon When the Air is Most Calm, 11 a.m. (GMT)

Empire of the Senses 36

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

Empire of the Senses

Sense of the Realm

An Injury to One

Thumb, Throat, Affidavit 41

Waiting for Tear Gas

Today Everything is Connected

Thumb, Throat, Affidavit

The Waiting Room

Corrections 46

Sunt lacrimae rerum

If from a City, by Wolves

The Camera in the Garden


Still Life, Andersonville 51

Windfall Apple

To Make a Hole in a Day as a Nap

Still Life, Andersonville

How to Call Back the Dead 56

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