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WINNER!! 2017 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

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Great news!

Back in January The Song Poet had been selected as a finalist for the MN Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir.  It is with great excitement that I share it won the MN Book Awards in the Creative Nonfiction/Memoir category for 2017.  You may read more details by clicking on this link.  Kalia receives her third MN Book Award. Thank you so much for your continued support.

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Hmong song poetry | kwv txhiaj hmoob

Thaum Hluas Txog Hnub Laus: When the Days of Youth are Gone (Bee Yang, 2014)

This is an album of Hmong song poetry, kwv txhiaj hmoob, composed and sung by Bee Yang, Kao Kalia Yang’s father. The album notes and English translation of one of the songs are by Kao Kalia Yang.

Kwv txhiaj is, in the words of Ralph Ellison on the American Blues, “an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-cosmic lyricism. As a form, the blues [and kwv txhiaj] is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”

NOTE:  The duration of the songs do not reflect the actual song length.  Please consider ordering the CD for the full songs.  Thank you.

*This CD is available for purchase for $15.  Click below to order:

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