Hands for Language

Hands for Language

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Hands for Language is a groundbreaking poetry collection that expands the dialogue around literary representation. At its core, the collection is a bildungsroman in verse that encompasses postcolonial and diasporic themes. Written by the author at the age of fifteen, Hands for Language is intended to take readers on a journey through the eyes of a young girl of color living in America. She explores themes of transnationalism, migration, language, family, and culture. Organized into four sections, Hands for Language mirrors her path to self-discovery and understanding. The collection is a commentary on the interaction between historical and modern conceptions of ethnicity, gender, and cultural identity. "As a child, I never had the opportunity to read a book or poem about a person who was truly like me, trapped by the duality of culture. It wasn't until adolescence that I discovered the underappreciated realm of diasporic writing. This poetry collection is a retelling of my childhood as a daughter of immigrants, and I hope to help other young people of color to embrace their cultural identity through this work."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 7.62mm | 139.71g
  • Canada
  • English
  • 1774150085
  • 9781774150085
  • 1,994,983

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In this versatile collection, a fifteen-year-old American girl of color takes us on a surprising journey as she explores the currently urgent issues of transnationalism, migration, language, family, and culture. Beautiful and inspiring, these remarkably mature and thoughtful poems trace the author's own path to self-realization and discovery; in the process of reading them inevitably we come to our own surprising discoveries.
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"Uniquely written in a distinct voice, Menon is a bright new voice for our time. ... She's one to watch." --Ms. Magazine
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About Uma Menon

Uma Menon was born in Winter Park, Florida, where she attended Winter Park High school. She is the 2019?2020 Youth Fellow of the International Human Rights Art Festival. Hands for Language is her first published book and was shortlisted for the 2019 International Erbacce Prize. In the fall of 2020, she will begin attending Princeton University.
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