Award-winning spoken word poetry coupled with enchanting Jazz Piano. Sultry, profound, comical, quick-witted poems from Mong-Lan’s book, One Thousand Minds Brimming: poetry & art, and Tango, Tangoing: poetry & art.
Mong-Lan blends her original award-winning poetry, jazz piano, guitar playing, tangos and songs in Spanish and English, tango dance solos and danced with partner, to form a new show that dazzles the mind, delights the spirit, entertains the senses, and mends the soul.
Her six books of poetry & artwork, two chapbooks, have won prizes such as the Juniper Prize and the Pushcart Prize, and poems have been included in numerous prestigious anthologies such as Best American Poetry Anthology.
Mong-Lan's nine albums of jazz piano, poetry & jazz, tangos sung and strummed, demonstrate her versatility as a musician, singer and composer.
Further, Mong-Lan has an international reputation as a tango dancer, performer, and teacher, having twenty years of tango dance experience, in Buenos Aires, the United States, Asia, and elsewhere in the world.
In Mong-Lan's new collection of poems, One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art, desire, love and mayhem lay bare reality’s vicissitudes. Mong-Lan’s observations about personal history and past wars in Vietnam and Cambodia are poignant, indeed heartbreaking. These poems defy gravity and darkness, and emerge undiminished; more so, like diamonds. They illuminate the spirit, and dissect the human heart with grace, humor and clarity. Mong-Lan's artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Seoul and Bali.
". . . A true original, unafraid of sentiment and at the height of her artistic prowess, Mong-Lan’s new book proves she remains one of our leading poets.”—Ravi Shankar, editor of Drunken Boat.
“Mong-Lan’s poems are fresh and real as a street, full of the seriousness of pleasure. She has the same sense of joy that Kenneth Koch loved in the courage to sing, happiness of St.-John Perse. . . . I praise these poems of praise which collapse distance and makes us feel, as O’Hara seemed to say, poetry is just a telephone call away.”—David Shapiro, poet & professor
" . . . I admire both the brushwork and the very effective use of space on the page as a visual and musical element. The writing is crisp, vivid, lucid, worldly, sexy and smart. . . . " — Stephen Kessler, poet & translator
ISBN-10: 0982822723 ISBN-13: 978-0-9828227-2-2
Pub date: September 2014
155 pages, 42 illustrations by the artist / poet
Mong-Lan gives a reading with her music at the Univ. of New Orleans, Nov. 2014. (Excerpt).
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Background drawing of the Mekong river, in Vinh Long, Vietnam, by Mong-Lan, 1996.
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