The poems in "Anthropy" fuse the scope of classical traditions to the disturbing agility of the moderns. Hsu artfully presents the fierce rigour of the philosophical mind engaged with the survival of histories. This is Ray Hsu's first book-length collection, is a work of extraordinary range and precision. Excavating sites of human cruelty and endurance, intimacy and experience, Hsu puts forth the language to lead us into the inferno of our time. He brings us to a place where the living, the dead, and the imaginary cross paths. Odysseus meets Fernando Pessoa, James Dean meets Walter Benjamin. All struggle with the same problem: their pasts, visceral and desperate, continue to burn with the intensity of the present.
Ray Hsu is a poet, activist and scholar. His first book Anthropy won the 2005 League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. He has published over a hundred poems in more than thirty-five journals across Canada, the US and the UK, including Fence, The Fiddlehead and New American Writing. He teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. His second collection, Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, was published by Nightwood in 2010.