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Ambassador of the Silent World: An Interview with U Sam Oeur

Ambassador of the Silent World: An Interview with U Sam Oeur 16-1 Cambodia Muse 4/13/04 2:55 PM Page 189 SHARON MAY Ambassador of the Silent World: An Interview with U Sam Oeur U Sam Oeur was born in Svay Rieng Province in 1936. In 1962, he was selected to attend California State University at Los Angeles to study the teaching of industrial arts. From there he went to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received a master-of-fine-arts degree in poetry. He returned to Cambodia and was elected to Parliament, then served in the military until the Khmer Rouge victory in 1975; he survived the Pol Pot regime by feigning illiteracy. In 1992, he returned to the u.s. and in 1996 published a book of poetry, Sacred Vows, translated into English with American poet Ken McCullough. The following interview was conducted by telephone and e-mail in September 2003. SM What inspired you to begin writing poetry, first in Cambodia and now in the United States? USO The aspiration to be the Ambassador of the Silent World was so pro- found that I could not sleep without expressing my emotions and feelings of loss, sorrow, pain, and agony on behalf of Nature, the souls slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge, and those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Ambassador of the Silent World: An Interview with U Sam Oeur

Manoa , Volume 16 (1) – Apr 30, 2004

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16-1 Cambodia Muse 4/13/04 2:55 PM Page 189 SHARON MAY Ambassador of the Silent World: An Interview with U Sam Oeur U Sam Oeur was born in Svay Rieng Province in 1936. In 1962, he was selected to attend California State University at Los Angeles to study the teaching of industrial arts. From there he went to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and received a master-of-fine-arts degree in poetry. He returned to Cambodia and was elected to Parliament, then served in the military until the Khmer Rouge victory in 1975; he survived the Pol Pot regime by feigning illiteracy. In 1992, he returned to the u.s. and in 1996 published a book of poetry, Sacred Vows, translated into English with American poet Ken McCullough. The following interview was conducted by telephone and e-mail in September 2003. SM What inspired you to begin writing poetry, first in Cambodia and now in the United States? USO The aspiration to be the Ambassador of the Silent World was so pro- found that I could not sleep without expressing my emotions and feelings of loss, sorrow, pain, and agony on behalf of Nature, the souls slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge, and those

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