sidebrow

February 2018

ISBN: 1-940090-08-3

72 pages, 6x8 perfectbound

H & G

Winner of the Clarissa Dalloway Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation

The candy gets on the inside because we eat it and eat it like thieves, like children under the great burr of clouds made by a god in a slothful mood.

The candy gets on the outside and sticks like tragedy, marking us as the worst type of person. It sticks like the worst time.

What was the worst time? We can’t remember it, but we can feel it like a smear of embers inside our small chests.

H & G is more than a fractured fairy tale for the Doom Generation. It’s a mordantly funny dismantling of loss and abandonment, a game of Chutes & Ladders played by Angela Carter and the Woolf of Orlando, a spider that waits for its victim to stop struggling before moving in. It suggests that the great escape is just the prelude to an unhappily ever after in which old traumas collapse under the weight of new discoveries. It is a brilliant, bracing book." —Josh Emmons, author of A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales and The Loss of Leon Meed

“This prose, built closely beside one of the most primeval European tales, is full of delectably strong phrasal nuggets and more. Anna Maria Hong unfastens and opens the original narrative, filling in all the icy distress that we already know, then adds the allure of burning sugar.” —Stacey Levine, author of The Girl With Brown Fur and Frances Johnson

Anna Maria Hong is the Visiting Creative Writer at Ursinus College, where she teaches fiction, poetry, and hybrid-genre writing. Her poetry collection The Glass Age won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2017 First Book Poetry Competition and will be published in early 2018. Her poetry chapbook Hello, virtuoso! was published by the Belladonna* Collaborative. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American, an anthology of fiction and memoir published by William Morrow and Avon Books. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published fiction and poetry in over 50 journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Poetry, Ecotone, POOL, Southwest Review, Fence, Green Mountains Review, Bennington Review, Boston Review, Dusie, Drunken Boat, Conduit, Quarterly West, Harvard Review, 250 Poems: A Portable Anthology, Best New Poets, The Best American Poetry, and Verse Daily.