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 repetitive acts of love, in part due to the use of a multiplicity of forms that render a surplus of affect into beautiful images. Though danger properly exists in Tad-y's world, her poetry takes its own advice in "Writer's Archive": "Look. Enough. Each full stop unspooling / the cardinal & bluebird privacy of things. "
Steffi Tad-y is a poet and writer from Manila and currently lives in Vancouver on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her first chapbook, I Did Not Want to Be Read, I Wanted to Be Believed In, was published by Frog Hollow Press under its Dis/ability Series Catalogue in 2019. Her second chapbook, Merienda, was published by Rahila's Ghost Press in 2021. Some of her poems can also be found in Open Minds Quarterly, Event Magazine, Train Poetry Journal, and Red Alder Review. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's The Writer's Studio.
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