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Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in
Pub Date: 03/01/2022
List Price: $19.95
Poems that challenge power and elevate the powerless
Marylyn Tan's debut volume complicates ideas of femininity, queerness, and the occult. Theoretically informed, imaginatively reckless, and politically fierce, these poems gaze back at visual arts, literature, and everyday life to present a feminine grotesque that subverts the patriarchal viewpoint that has structured these terrains of thought and life. GAZE BACK, ultimately, is an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control, and distribute it among those few privileged above the disenfranchised. It is a poetic call to arms. This book rocked Singapore literature upon its publication, winning the Singapore Literature Prize in English Poetry in 2020 and making Tan the first woman to earn the nation's premier English-language poetry prize.
Excerpt from "Nasi Kang Kang"
the idea is
witchcraft comes naturally
—Singapore Review of Books
—Cyril Wong, author of The Lover's Inventory
—Tania De Rozario, author of Tender Delirium
—CAConrad, author of While Standing in Line for Death