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Hsin

by Nanci Lee
edition: eBook
tagged: canadian, chinese, death

Nanci Lee’s debut explores 4th Century Su Hui’s palindrome of longing. Hsin arises from an ancient Chinese ethical philosophy, less a set of moral standards than an appeal to tune.

Heart-mind and nothingness are fair English translations of Hsin, but their tidiness risks losing some of the sharper, wider sides of absence and appetite. As a histo …

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Mirrors and Windows

East-West Poems with translations

translated by Anna Yin
edition: Paperback
tagged: anthologies (multiple authors), chinese, canadian

Over the years Anna Yin has had the honour to translate more than 50 poets’ works. With more and more people growing interested in translation and bilingual poetry, it is time to publish these translations in book form. I hope this serves as a good resource, and will further stimulate wider and stronger interest and conversation for cross-cultura …

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Postscripts from a City Burning

by Sam Cheuk
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian

How does one write a preemptive eulogy for their hometown, a transient metropolis arriving at its last stop” Composed over a span of three months, Postscripts from a City Burning reassembles the embers left behind by the 2019 Hong Kong protests (and ultimately failed coup), weaving nostalgia, loss, and possible redemption into a time capsule of d …

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I will be more myself in the next world

by Matsuki Masutani
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, japanese

Minimalist poems with perceptive wit, refreshing work from a new BC poet.

In Masutani’s debut book of poetry, his clear minimalist poems embrace with gentle and perceptive wit; aging, family, dreams, his Japanese roots, self-acceptance and island life. Some poems rise tall like sunflowers in an understated garden, untangled and reflective, address …

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The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak

by Grace Lau
edition: Paperback
tagged: canadian, family

The poems in The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak explore the many identities, both visible and invisible, that a body contains. With influences from pop culture, the Bible, tech, and Hong-Kongese history, these pieces reflect and reveal how the stories of immigrants in Canada hold both universal truths and singular distinctions. From boyband …

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Phantompains

by Therese Estacion
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
tagged: death, women authors

Therese Estacion survived a rare infection that nearly killed her, but not without losing both her legs below the knees, several fingers, and reproductive organs. Phantompains is a visceral, imaginative collection exploring disability, grief and life by interweaving stark memories with dreamlike surrealism.

Taking inspiration from Filipino horror an …

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Iron Goddess of Mercy

by Larissa Lai
edition: Paperback
tagged: women authors, canadian, lgbt

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Lambda Literary Award winner Larissa Lai (for the novel The Tiger Flu) is a long poem that captures the vengeful yet hopeful movement of the Furies mid-whirl and dance with them through the horror of the long now. Inspired by the tumultuous history of Hong Kong, from the Japanese and British occupations to the ongoing pro-d …

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No Problematics

by Viola Chen
edition: Paperback
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No Problematics takes interest in the moral panic around contemporary ideas of good political character. In decentering expected narratives surrounding identity, No Problematics creates a new world for us to consider in the process. Exploring how phenomena with extremely complex geopolitical histories are abstracted and reduced to flattened articul …

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Four Sufferings, The

shiku hakku

by Terry Watada
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: canadian, japanese

Shiku hakku in Japanese means to endure, an expression that originates in Buddhism. This collection links Terry Watada's past and present while acknowledging the fundamental suffering of human existence--in birth, aging, illness, and death--and the suffering endured in daily living--common frustrations, desire, separation. But at the same time it c …

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