Fleche

Mary Jean Chan

£10.99

ISBN: 9780571348046

Description

Debut collection from prizewinning Hong Kong poet, exploring queerness and post-colonialism.

Much like the fencer who must constantly read and respond to her opponent’s tactics during a fencing bout, this debut collection by Mary Jean Chan deftly examines relationships at once conflictual and tender. Fleche (the French word for ‘arrow’) is an offensive technique commonly used in epee, a competitive sport of the poet’s teenage and young adult years. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable (‘flesh’) and weaponised (‘fleche’) in public and private spaces. Themes of multilingualism, queerness, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge by means of an imagined personal, maternal and national biography, spoken by a polyphony of female voices.The result is a series of poems that are urgent and hard-hitting as Chan keeps her readers on their toes, dazzling and devastating them by turn.

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Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm