The book's title image is of those watching from a distance a ceremony staged for and by those in political power in the eighth-century Chinese imperial court, yet another figuration of how cultural rituals feel to those who have no power to set or change things. The book's first poem refers to more contemporary popular cultural forms: movies and movie stars, specifically Marilyn Monroe who is said to be "bitter [that] all that releases / transformation in us is illusion," but is also characterized as a woman drawn to power, much like the court women in the title poem who look as if they have a close relationship to power, but do not or not entirely have their own power.
IN THE ACT OF FINDING: FIVE VOLUMES OF POETRY Lisa M Steinman Michigan Quarterly Review; Spring 2009; 48, 2;
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