Braided Skin

By Chelene Knight

Braided Skin
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Braided Skin is the vibrant telling of experiences of mixed ethnicity, urban childhood, poverty and youthful dreams through various voices. Knight writes a confident rhythm of poetry, prose and erasure by using the recurring image of braiding–a different metaphor than “mixing,” ... Read more


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Braided Skin is the vibrant telling of experiences of mixed ethnicity, urban childhood, poverty and youthful dreams through various voices. Knight writes a confident rhythm of poetry, prose and erasure by using the recurring image of braiding–a different metaphor than “mixing,” our default when speaking the language of race. In the title poem “Braided Skin,” this terminology shifts, to entwining and crossing, holding together but always displaying the promise or threat of unravelling. This is just as all tellings of family, history and relationships must be–“Skin that carries stories of missing middles.” When speaking about race, Knight raises the question, then drops it, and the image becomes other objects, then abstraction, and memory–finally becoming something “she breathes in” actively.

Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is a graduate of The Writers' Studio at SFU. She has been published in Sassafras Literary Magazine, Room, emerge 2013, Raven Chronicles, and is a member of the editorial board of Room. Her work is deeply rooted in her experiences of mixed ethnicity. Braided Skin is a remarkable debut book.

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