Padcha Tuntha-Obas 

2006 • 80 pp. • $12.00
ISBN: 9781882022601
Cover image and design by Amy Evans McClure
Poetry, Asian American Studies

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“Poetry as wise and startling as this trespasses on the Anglo-American familiar not by deranging it but by putting it into vibrant polylogue with other sensibilities—Plato’s and Wittgenstein’s as well as those of Thai culture. Padcha Tuntha-obas locates these intersections with the urgent exactitude and daring beauty of a poesis creating a way of living in the situation of excess and silence that defines “foreignness.” The result, as you’ll see, is a moving experience of the trans-elucidation of language by ingenious desire.”
—Joan Retallack

“Few things have changed the terrain of US literature in recent years as much as the global spread of English. The question that haunts much of this literature is less what it means to be an American and more what it
means to suddenly be forced to be in dialogue with and in English, like it or not. Thai writer Padcha Tuntha-Obas wrote /Trespasses/ while she was living in the US for several years. And she takes up in this beautiful collection of poems what it means to be a Thai writer but one suddenly writing in English, what it means to be writing within the US but not as an American, what it means to be caught in a difficult embrace with what is foreign.”
—Juliana Spahr

“OUR SPEECH shall sit / among exact solitude…”—so begins this most wonderful of first books by Padcha Tuntha-obas, whose sense of how the language of poetry is always political (not simply composed of one set of materials, spoken in one voice, but a multitude of vocalities shaped on the page by the poet whose position in the world exists between words, trespassing from one to another, “breathing in and out / amidst the air” as she says) has transformed her experience into such ear- and eye-catching poems, which show us how and why it is that “difference lives beautifully in every sound.”
—Stephen Ratcliffe


Padcha Tuntha-Obas is a native of Bangkok, Thailand. After spending 6 years in the United States as a student of Philosophy and Creative Writing, she begins publishing her creative work in Chain. Her critical essay on colonial education is also hosted online at Composite Diplomacy is her first solo published work. She lives in Bangkok, Thailand.