Middle Kingdom, Adrienne Su's first collection of poems, explores American identity in terms of language, geography, and personal history. Starting in Georgia, the poems travel to New York, New England, China, Mexico, and other locales in the search for a sense of place.
Middle Kingdom includes the following poems:
I. In the Suburbs: Address, 1978, Hitchhikers, Eighteen-Year-Old Biography, The Word Was My First Companion, At Seven I Mistake a Documentary on the Internment Camps for an Announcement to All Asians in America, My House in the Suburbs, Savannah Crabs
II. Women and Men: Miss Chang Is Missing, Visitation, PIRANEX, Antidepressant, Men, Elegy, An Afternoon in the Park, Dog Winter
III. Dea Ex Machina: In Mexico City, Illumination, Translation
IV. Middle Kingdoms: Under the Window, Francine, The Emperor's Second Wife, The Bride, Claiming the Find, Shanghai '87, China, Four Sonnets about Food, Home
Su, Adrienne. Middle Kingdom. Farmington, ME: Alice James Books,1997.