Review: Catherine Strisik’s, “Thousand-Cricket Song”

Catherine Strisik’s Thousand-Cricket Song is a ceremony. The speaker is supplicant– Please say each skull has a voice, at the same time that she is a brief witness to– a nation of 12 million traumatized people, the survivors and the children of survivors of the Khmer Rouge’s mass killings. Often Strisik’s voice is oracular, though looking not so much forward or backward, but into. It is at other times the voice of an erotically and creatively awake… More

Twenty-Four Years After the Refugee Camp, A Renunion

Catherine Strisik Fireworks explode over the Mekong. The restaurant balcony is a pop-eyed gecko damp with pity. Friends drink a second Angkor Beer each. The Khmer puts on his glasses, continuously. Mind wanders between this world and the world. Tonight, the baffled city soothes itself with curious costumed dancers. The American doctor’s heart grasps for… More

Shade

Catherine Strisik The famous Khmer artist has placed his palm on a murderer’s upper back near the neck, has pushed him toward the painting on the prison museum’s wall. Outside the perimeter the mother is mute on her knees. Her hands cradle a beautiful fatigue as if she has just remembered why: a bayonet blade… More