Cathy Songb. 1955
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.