4 thoughts on “Gutted

  1. An excerpt of my review of Gutted at Galatea Resurrects #4:

    Grief is accurate. Grief is not accurate.
    Do you want to know the facts or do you want
    the details?

    Justin Chin’s third poetry collection, Gutted, which is dedicated to the memory of Chin’s father, Dr. Chin Jeck Soon, is comprised of poems conveying a son’s exhaustion as he comes to terms with his father’s terminal illness, and his own illness, in which the death process, and the process of grieving are public and participatory. These p

  2. Bite Hard, one of Justin Chin’s previous collections of poetry, is one of my favorite books. He very cleverly employs both rage and wit to express his thoughts and feelings about being Asian, queer, and an immigrant.

    This new collection, Gutted, is an unexpected departure. Taking liberties with a Japanese style of poetry called zuihitsu, it’s more a series of diary entries than poems per se. His subject matter, too, has changed dramatically. Chiefly, the poems deal with both his father’s death af

  3. Chin’s book is a collection of poems/dreams/recollections/musings occasioned by the death of his father due to terminal illness. I delved into this book last December as I was looking for narratives on/about grief. Though Joan Didion’s “Year of Magical Thinking” has received more literary attention and captures the surreal qualities of an unexpected passing, in my mind Chin cuts to the bone in rendering the dying of a loved one/parent. Both poetic and (un)sentimental, written with the characteri

  4. Nice work, unusual approach, good lines: this book is a fine one. I recommend jumping wildly through the book trying to figure out where one poem ends and another begins. That exercise sharpens the attention you need to appreciate the larger arcs of connection between the works. Enjoy.

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