Born in San Francisco, Genny Lim, San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate, earned a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University. She earned a certificate in broadcast journalism from Columbia Univer­sity and later worked as a reporter and commentator for CBS News. Lim is the author of the poetry collections, Winter Place 1989), Child of War (2003), and Paper Gods and Rebels (2013); the children’s book Wings for Lai-Ho (1982); and the plays Paper Angels (1978) and Bitter Cane (1989), among others. Her work appears in The Poli­tics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women (1993); Unbroken Thread: Anthology of Plays by Asian American Women; the Oxford Book of Women’s Writing in the United States (1995), and Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island (1980). Lim is the winner of the 1981 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 1982, she founded a theater company, Paper Angels Productions, later known as XX Theater, and produced experimental performance pieces. A recipient of a Bay Guardian Goldie for Local Discovery in 1991, Lim went on to record and col­laborate with musician-composers, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, Anthony Brown and the late Max Roach and Herbie Lewis. Her papers are held at UC Santa Barbara.

 

The poems in KRA! invoke history, myth, biography, political confrontations, and personal experience. Lim writes about fellow writers, musicians, and radical cultural activists Francisco X. Alarcon, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Fred Ho, and Alfonso Texidor. “Odes” are dedicated to the people of Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and Flint, Michigan. In their lyric fiber, the poems themselves struggle for the survival of cultures of mutual respect and solidarity in the face of rapacious capitalism.

 

KRA!

Poems by Genny Lim

(Omerta Publications, 2017, 33 pages) $19.00