The Subvocal Zoo

The Subvocal Zoo: Alan Chong Lau and J. W. Marshall – Painting Beyond the Canvas

Poetry Northwest‚Äės podcast series,¬†The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different location.

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In episode 15, J.W. Marshall¬†talks with Alan Chong Lau¬†at the Jack Straw Cultural Center¬†in Seattle. This conversation between friends includes¬†discussion of Alan’s poem “where the lights are low,” which riffs on Louis Armstrong’s re-presentation of the problematic standard “Chinatown, My Chinatown”; Frank Chin; Cid Corman and the virtues of nodding off¬†while someone is making a cogent point; improvisation; Alan’s work for the International Examiner;¬†contributing to a community.

Read and listen to Alan Chong Lau’s “where the lights are low“.

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Alan Chong Lau‘s collections of poetry include¬†Songs for Jadina,¬†which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation;¬†Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal, and¬†no hurry. His work has appeared in anthologies such as¬†From Totem to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002 and¬†What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop.

J.W. Marshall‘s first full-length collection, Meaning A Cloud, won the 2007 FIELD Poetry Prize and was published in 2008 by Oberlin College Press. His poetry has appeared in a number of magazines, including¬†Raven Chronicles, Seattle Review, Talisman, and Field.

Thanks to the Jack Straw Cultural Center for the use of their studio space for recording, and to ArtXchange for permission to reprint¬†images of Alan Lau’s work in the Winter & Spring 2017 issue of¬†Poetry Northwest.

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