About the Book
Sean Cho A.’s debut poetry chapbook directs a keen eye on everyday occurrences and how these small events shape us as individuals. This collection is filled with longing for love, understanding, and simplicity. But these poems also express great pleasure in continued desire. With exuberant energy that flows through the collection, the speaker announces: “I won’t apologize for the smallness of my delights.” Filled with questions and wonder, these poems revel in the unknowing and liminal spaces, and we as readers are invited to join in this revelry. Cho A.’s poetry reminds and allows us to pause, to wonder, and enjoy our many pleasures.
Praise for American Home
The voice in American Home is surprising, odd, and subtle. These poems of place and displacement have echoes of Ilya Kaminsky in their associative wildness. Of the staccato leaps of Victoria Chang. And their own, homegrown existential reckoning. Fig trees trained to grow in simulated Martian air live here alongside bowerbirds and hidden butter knives. I can’t resist their allure and unanswerable questions.
—Danusha Laméris, author of Bonfire Opera
At his young age, Sean Cho A. already knows how to work the line between timing information and its elision, between the implications (of the poem) and the inferences (of the reader). This rhetorical savvy allows him a world of room to play freely with his attuned poetic gifts of wild imagination and profound feeling and render them in concert for us on the page. American Home is an accomplished beginning to what promises to be many more years of poetry worth everyone’s attention.
—Michael Ryan, author of This Morning