The Tao of Mrs. Wei
Mrs. Wei is memorable. Once you come in under her umbrella, she
is with you for life. Whether, in her ancient wisdom, it is Osama
bin Laden Mrs. Wei takes on--"A thief has entered the house"--or
the way she honors her dead--"a feast of roast chicken,/ moo
shu pork, noodles"--she is acerbic and wise. In these tightly
bound, aphoristic and immensely ironic poems, we walk in Mrs. Wei's
world, grateful for her sanity and humor.
Myra Sklarew, author of The Witness Trees: Lithuania and Over
the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems
I have enjoyed Mrs. Wei for several years, relishing her elegant
directness, even on those rare occasions when it occurs to me that
her strong opinions may not be mine. Most of the time, though, it
is clear that Mrs. Wei knows what's good for me. This collection
radiates wit, charm, and èlan.
Henry Taylor, author of Brief Candles and The Horse Show at Midnight
Mrs. Wei is the ultimate "Chinese Mother" and Hilary Tham's
poetic guilty pleasure. She's been writing poems in this prickly-wise
persona for years but they have been scattered throughout her many
collections. Now, for the first time, she's gathered these crowd-pleasing
poems together in one place and added some new ones to the mix so
they may stand as a testament to the politically incorrect sage
in all of us. Part honey, part vinegar, Mrs. Wei is a literary creation
with a definite handle on life. She's so real that Tham seems to
be simply transcribing Mrs. Wei verbatim. Ever get caught making
out? Throwing a ball in the house? Then you know the voice. Mrs.
Wei as parental unit will make you shiver until you realize those
days are long ago in the past, allowing a calm liberating laughter
to finally set you free. Start packing, your emotional baggage will
love the journey.
--Richard Peabody, ed. Gargoyle Magazine