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Crevasse, Hong Kong-based writer Nicholas Wong's newest collection of poetry, which won the 2016 Lamda Literary Award, starts with an epigraph from Maurice Merleau-Ponty that notes the impossibility of observing one's own physical body and, therefore, the necessity of a "second," "unobservable" body from which to view one's own. The poems in Crevasse seek to uncover the thread connecting these mutually observed and observing bodies. Like Samuel Beckett and others before him, Wong has deliberately chosen to write in a non-native language--English, his second language after Cantonese. Freed from the assumptions and conventions of his mother tongue, Wong strips down, interrogates and ultimately reorients the fragmented complexities of the multiple communities he inhabits--queer, Asian, poet, reader, lover--in a collection of poems that exposes the gap between familiarity and the inevitable distance of the body.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 150 x 200 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1885030207
  • 9781885030207
  • 61,434

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I imagine pronouncing Nicholas Wong's new book "cruh-VASS," with the emphasis on the second syllable. That seems more poetic to me. However, Wong doesn't really need my help; Crevasse is leaking poetry. An exploration of bodies, cities, and the rifts within them, Crevasse looks at the tiny cracks that break along the borders of public and private selves. Take a look at the opening lines of the opening poem, "Private Parts: Anti-Bodies," and you'll see what I mean--Dean Rader "Kenyon Review "
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