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Engine Empire is a trilogy of lyric and narrative poems that evoke an array of genres and voices, from Western ballads to sonnets approximately industrialized China to fragmented lyric poems set sooner or later. via 3 exact but interconnected sequences, Cathy Park Hong explores the collective attention of fictionalized boomtowns so as to discover the parable of prosperity. the 1st series, referred to as "Ballad of Our Jim," attracts idea from the previous West and follows a band of outlaw fortune seekers who trip to a California mining city through the 1800s. within the moment series, "Shangdu, My crafty Boomtown!" a fictional industrialized boomtown attracts its proposal from present-day Shenzhen, China. The 3rd and final part, "The global Cloud," is decided within the a ways destiny and tracks how person cognizance breaks up while everything—books, our deepest memories—becomes instantly obtainable info. one in every of our such a lot startlingly unique poets, Hong attracts jointly person voices at odds with the area, voices that sing their ask yourself and terror.

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