Yesterday was the first day of spring, but years of Missouri weather have taught us that today may still feel like winter. We expect a switch to be thrown, and everything is now different, but it rarely happens with such a distinct break. The fluid boundaries of liminal states are tricky like that, and it is these indistinct states of being that crop up in the poetry of Melody S. Gee. Many of the poems in her collection, Each Crumbling House, deal with being a first-generation Asian American. Just because her mother left China doesn't mean China left her, and just because China is Gee's ancestral homeland doesn't mean she has a connection to the language, the land or the people. Gee's poems explore the areas of blurred demarcation with a graceful economy and eye for the natural world. The River Styx reading series welcomes Melody S. Gee and Quraysh Ali Lansana for a joint reading tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Duff's Restaurant (392 North Euclid Avenue; www.riverstyx.org). Admission is $5 at the door.
Mon., March 21, 2011