Remarkable and enchanting. The originality of its conception and execution is brilliant, and beneath that brilliance lie mysterious depths.

—Denise Levertov

Available April 1, 1991

Stitching Porcelain

Poetry by Deborah Larsen

Stitching Porcelain, Deborah Larsen’s first book of poetry, is a narrative-lyric sequence based on the life of Matteo Ricci, the resourceful Jesuit who entered China in 1583 and stayed for a quarter century. Pondering cultural accommodation as well as faith, many of the poems center on actual events: Ricci’s dressing as a Buddhist; his awe-inspiring map (with China shrewdly centered); his prostration before an empty Dragon Throne. Other events the poet imagined. With a felicity rare in a debut volume, Larsen’s opalescent poetry works in perfect counterpoint to the strange and brilliant Ricci.

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Paperback (published April 1, 1991)

ISBN
9780811211611
Price US
9.95

Deborah Larsen

author of Stitching Porcelain

Remarkable and enchanting. The originality of its conception and execution is brilliant, and beneath that brilliance lie mysterious depths.

—Denise Levertov