Alex Van Huynh's first collection takes us into the deep inquiries of a mind fully engaged with both the known and unknowable. Informed by mythology, history, religion, and science, these poems explore "the whole world in miniature," where the "pores of the earth pull beneath the sands," as well as the vast expanses of sky and sea, where "drifting things must come naked." Huynh's subjects are often reminded "our condition is temporary," but he is a voice who is establishing a permanent place for himself in American poetry. (from Hayley Mitchell Haugen, editor-in-chief of Sheila-Na-Gig and author of The Blue Wife Poems)
These are poems that beg to be read aloud, syllable by syllable, phoneme by phoneme. -Michael Poage, Fulbright Professor of English Literature and Usage, Walailak University, Thailand
Curious, erudite, and darkly whimsical, Inquiry tackles the harrowing without being hopeless. -Katrina Agbayani, associate editor at Acta Victoriana
Alex Van Huynh's first collection takes us into the deep inquiries of a mind fully engaged with both the known and unknowable-a voice who is establishing a permanent place for himself in American poetry. -Hayley Mitchell Haugen, editor-in-chief of Sheila-Na-Gig
A towering achievement of cultural synthesis and literary alchemy, rendered in poetry that seems summoned out of a mythic past, full of magic.... The musicality of Huynh's lyrical language demands to be read aloud. -Larry W. Moore, publisher of Broadstone Books
Alex Van Huynh
is a biologist and poet located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife and two children. He received his Ph.D. from Lehigh University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at DeSales University.