In this episode, Kao Kalia Yang reads “To the Placenta of Return” by Mai Der Vang and discusses the sacrifices mothers made to protect their families during America’s Secret War in Laos. Over the course of two award-winning memoirs, Yang has charted the physical, political, emotional, and spiritual terrain of the Hmong journey to the United States in the aftermath of that war. Her books include The Latehomecomer and The Song Poet.
“To the Placenta of Return” by Mai Der Vang appears in the collection Afterland, published by Graywolf Press.
As always, the Haiku Hotline (612-440-0643) is open for your short poems and poetic musings.