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Two Poems from Pebble Swing
Isabella Wang’s hotly anticipated debut collection Pebble Swing (Nightwood Editions) is an insightful look into identity and place that pieces together a family history in the resonant aftermath of the Chinese Cultural Revolution that took the life of Wang’s grandmother. Below, we share two poems from the book: “Ghazal for Heirloom Family Recipes” and “Expecting.”
* * *Isabella Wang is the author of the chapbook On Forgetting a Language (Baseline Press, 2019). She has been shortlisted for the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry, Minola Review’s Poetry Contest, and was the youngest writer to be shortlisted twice for the New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Wang’s poetry and prose have appeared in over thirty literary journals and three anthologies, including Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis (Coach House Books, 2020) and They Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets (Blue Oak Press, 2021). She studies English and world literature at Simon Fraser University and is an editor at Room magazine. Pebble Swing is her debut poetry collection. She lives in Port Moody, BC.