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Slows: Twice

by (author) T. Liem

Coach House Books
Initial publish date
May 2023
Places, Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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About the author

T. Liem is the author of Obits. (Coach House, 2018), which was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award, and won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award as well as the the A.M. Klein Prize. Their writing has been published in Apogee, Plenitude, The Boston Review, Grain, Maisonneuve, Catapult, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. Their essay about family and growing up with Indonesian and British heritages, "Rice Cracker," won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2015. They are from Alberta and live in Montreal, Tio’Tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territories.

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  • Short-listed, A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Editorial Reviews

"In Slows: Twice, poet t. liem neither stews in the world nor hovers above it. Their tone is poised and raw; situations are painted with delicacy. The book itself is beautifully constructed, eschewing the much-vaunted emotional arc for a poetic form of its own making … these poems bear rereading and sharing." – Sylee Gore, Poetry Foundation

"Poetry is a medium that rewards slowness and careful attention. Any reader returning the inexhaustible care T. Liem has poured into this book is sure to find a reason to slow down, to look again with renewed wonder." – Bridget Huh, PRISIM International

"t. liem’s second collection, Slows:Twice, examines identity through pairs of poems. The way the poems are structured and ordered and their relation to one another have the effect of emphasizing the pleasures and possibilities of unanswered questions." – Melanie Brannagan Frederiksen, Winnipeg Free Press

"True to its name, Slows: Twice rewards rereading, offering meanings that accumulate and shift with duration and reiteration." – Madelaine Caritas Longman, Plenitude Magazine

"Liem’s poems swing on the hinges of 'asking and repeating' the question: '[W]hat will carry you through what hurt you?'" – Jami Macarty,

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