Contemporary American Poetry from Vietnam
HANOI RHAPSODIES is a chapbook of love poems set in the industrial cityscape of contemporary Hanoi. This is the first published collection of poems on Vietnam by an American citizen who is neither a war veteran nor ethnically Vietnamese.
A view of Hanoi that is distinctively dystopian and authentically visceral, while retaining a strong humane sensibility.
–Martin Alexander, Executive Editor, Asia Literary Review
These vivid poems by Scott Ezell give a sense of Hanoi as an Asian City of Dreadful Night, dense with temptation and lost hopes, in which this young American poet (to quote James Thompson) “writes in the dust” his “heart’s deep languor” in poems of sharp diction and rich imagery.
–John Balaban, author of Remembering Heaven’s Face
HANOI RHAPSODIES includes black and white photos of Hanoi by the author. Printing costs for this publication were funded by the US Embassy in Hanoi.