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Poetry Muse: Nanci Lee + Hsin
Today on Poetry Muse, we are joined by Nanci Lee — author of Hsin (Brick Books). Born to a Syrian father and a Chinese mother, who gave her up for adoption, Nanci explores her origins in a compendium of poem fragments where form embraces the process of its unfolding. In our Q&A with Nanci, she shares when she started writing poetry, and how there’s something distilled in poems that she find satisfying.
A Poem from HsinMeridian 1: Palindromes and other Contingencies As must I topplinga way to listen a low wet riottook the peach tree fists loosened cicada nymphsgrowing hardergrowing darker stubborn budalone in her silka stupor flesh long before we spillwind unsettles the tale glimpsesof under-lily redthousands of lotus seedsunseated.
* * *Nanci Lee (she/her) is a Syrian-Chinese poet and educator based in Mi’kmaki (Nova Scotia), the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq. When not writing or playing outdoors, Nanci works for Tatamagouche Centre, a spiritual and justice-oriented retreat centre. Nanci’s work has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, The Malahat Review, Matrix Magazine, The Antigonish Review, The Literary Review of Canada, The Fiddlehead, Rattle Magazine, and This Magazine and various anthologies. Hsin is her first trade-length book. Chapbooks Preparation (Free Fall) [short-listed for the bp nichol award] and Hsin (Thee Hellbox Press) are contained in this book.
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