A very unusual memoir by a truly-lived poet coming from the ancient, timeless villages of China to the space and cyber age. The poet Koon Woon overcame language and cultural barriers to become an award-winning international poet. In the process of self-overcoming, Woon battled life-long mental illness and homelessness to become a world cultural ambassador. These experiences are too incredible and even more difficult to believe that a chrysanthemum can bloom in the inner city during the bitter month of October. It is a must read for students of literature and the clinical psychologist. Woon is the winner of a Pen Oakland Award and The American Book Award.