Cathy Song

b. 1955
Cathy Song

Cathy Song's poetry vividly evokes the flora and fauna of her native Hawaii while meditating on her identity as an Asian woman. (The title poem of Picture Bride (1983) tells the story of her grandmother, brought to the islands from Korea as a “mail-order” spouse; the theme of family relations recurs in her work.) She has also written poems inspired by the artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Kitagawa Utamaro; her fine eye for the telling detail and her own relative invisibility in her poems recall Elizabeth Bishop.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I went in expecting to lend my voice to the poetry, but found that it was a two-way exchange: the poetry lent its voice to me, as well."
Megan Kim
2017 OR POL Champion