Asian Heritage Month: Poetry Edition

Asian Heritage Month: Poetry Edition
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May is Asian Heritage Month, and this year we're having an Asian Readathon for both fiction and poetry titles. See our list of 16 poetry books by Asian-Canadian authors to read this month. View books in this list

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Bramah and the Beggar Boy

By Renée Sarojini Saklikar

One afternoon, in an old house in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Perimeter, in the place they call Pacifica, Bramah and the beggar boy find fragments of an ancient text in an oak box. Hunched over scraps of parchment and broken computer disks, they blow the dust off ... Read more

undercurrent

By Rita Wong

The water belongs to itself. undercurrent reflects on the power and sacredness of water--largely underappreciated by too many--whether it be in the form of ocean currents, the headwaters of the Fraser River or fluids in the womb. Exploring a variety of poetic forms, anecdote, ... Read more

Pebble Swing

By Isabella Wang

A much-anticipated debut collection from one of Canada’s most promising emerging poets

Pebble Swing earns its title from the image of stones skipping their way across a body of water, or, in the author’s case, syllables and traces of her mother tongue bouncing back at her ... Read more

Mirrors and Windows

Edited by Anna Yin
Translated by Anna Yin

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 ... Read more

Coconut

By Nisha Patel

In her debut collection, Canadian National Slam Champion Nisha Patel commands her formidable insight and youthful, engaged voice to relay experiences of racism, sexuality, empowerment, grief, and love. These are vitally political, feminist poems for young women of colour, with ... Read more

From the Shoreline

By Tad-y Steffi

Steffi Tad-y's debut collection brings forward diasporic experience as it intersects with mental illness. Family history and work lyrics occur against a tonal backdrop of the carceral. Yet Tad-y brings a tenderness to these fraught circumstances, finding beauty in detail and ... Read more

Grappling Hook

By Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang

Taking its title from Tomas Tranströmer, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang’s Grappling Hook sifts the debris of the twenty-first century for insights into identity, desire, and the everyday struggles inherent to motherhood. In doing so, she presents vivid portraits of the joys and perils ... Read more

The Shadow List

By Jen Sookfong Lee

In these devastating lyric poems Jen Sookfong Lee unfolds the experience of her narrator, following her through frost-chilled nights and salt-scented days, as she pulls at the knot of accumulated expectations around her trying to create space to want and to be. The Shadow List ... Read more

Saturn Peach

By Lily Wang

In Saturn Peach, Lily Wang establishes a distinctive voice that is part heartbreak and part wise witness chronicling the strangeness of a technologized world. When asked to describe her book, Wang answered in her quintessential way, "There are things I never want to know but ... Read more

Hsin

By Nanci Lee

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 ... Read more

Salt in My Life

By Lien Chao

A sense of poetic and textual fluidity permeates this collection?embracing natural sounds such as heartbeats, electronic beeps, explosive thunderstorms, splashing raindrops, audible stillness, and eternal silence, as well as musical sounds and songs. The author uses different ... Read more

The Four Sufferings

By Terry Watada

In Japanese, shiku hakku means to endure, an expression that originates in Buddhism. The Four Sufferings links Terry Watada's past and present while acknowledging the fundamental suffering of human existence?in birth, aging, illness and death, as well as the suffering endured ... Read more

Quiet Night Think

By Gillian Sze

 

“One function of the poet at any time is to discover by his own thought and feeling what seems to him to be poetry at that time,” writes Wallace Stevens. In Quiet Night Think, award-winning poet Gillian Sze expresses her own definition.

During the remarkable period of ... Read more

Then There Were No Witnesses

Translated by Ahilan
By Ahilan

Translated from Tamil into English by Geetha Sukumaran. In recent times, Tamil poetry from Sri Lanka has taken a new turn, serving as a countermemory--a witness to torture, loss, trauma, and exile. Ahilan gives us a unique voice and style, in which he expresses the trauma of ... Read more

barangay

By Adrian De Leon
Photographs by Jason Edward Pagaduan

As beautiful and varied as an archipelago, barangay is an elegant new collection of poetry from Adrian De Leon that gathers in and arranges the difficult pieces of a scattered history. While mourning the loss of his grandmother who "lived, loved and grieved in three languages," ... Read more

Tonguebreaker

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Finalist, Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

In their fourth collection of poetry, Lambda Literary Award-winning poet and writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha continues her excavation of working-class queer brown femme survivorhood and desire.

Tonguebreaker is about surviving ... Read more