A Portrait of the Self as a Nation: New and Selected Poems

Marilyn Chin

W.W. Norton & Company, 2018

Agent: Sandra Dijkstra

A rich, illuminating compilation of selected and new poems from Marilyn Chin, one of our most celebrated poets.

Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices. Direct and sometimes confrontational, Marilyn Chin’s forceful approach to her signature themes of cultural assimilation, feminism, and identity is necessary and stylistically masterful.


•Selected as a Top 10 Pick for the PW Fall Poetry Preview for 2018

“This gathering of selected and new poems introduces readers to the many truths of Chin, which are as vast and contradictory as you might expect a poet’s self portrait to be. . . . If the intensity of her newer work is any indication, readers won't see Chin resting on her laurels any time soon.”