Flesh, Tongue

Flesh, Tongue

Yaya Yao / Apr 07, 2020

Flesh Tongue As a child of immigrants Yaya Yao always craved an unbroken narrative an arc that would give my existence a sense of context and continuity In this brilliant and provocative first collection she conf

  • Title: Flesh, Tongue
  • Author: Yaya Yao
  • ISBN: 9781927494677
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a child of immigrants, Yaya Yao always craved an unbroken narrative an arc that would give my existence a sense of context and continuity In this brilliant and provocative first collection she confronts her inherited fragmented self and her hunger for a home, using scraps of personal and communal memory to bridge languages, worldviews, and physical distance from theAs a child of immigrants, Yaya Yao always craved an unbroken narrative an arc that would give my existence a sense of context and continuity In this brilliant and provocative first collection she confronts her inherited fragmented self and her hunger for a home, using scraps of personal and communal memory to bridge languages, worldviews, and physical distance from the ancestral homeland Bits of Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, and Shanghainese are translated and altered to explore the dynamics between language and identity In this collection, Yaya Yao has created a unique and authentic voice.

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    About "Yaya Yao"

      • Yaya Yao

        Yaya Yao was born and raised in Toronto s Parkdale and Little Portugal neighbourhoods with a lot of languages around her Cantonese, Mandarin Hokkien, Shanghainese and French and English Yaya s first collection of poems was published by Mawenzi House in 2015 Her work has also appeared in journals including TOK7, Contemporary Verse 2, and the Toronto Review of Books Her short play, Tongued, received staged readings through playwrights units with Nightwood and fu GEN Theatre companies, and she is co author of the Educator s Equity Companion Guide.


    492 Comments

    1. More conceptual than accessible, but it doesn't have to be the latter to capture the feel of living while caught between cultures, between origins and meanings. Some of the poems were too minimal and/or deconstructed for me, which is why I'm not rating it higher.But then there's stuff like this (from "transplanted tongue"):tongue,english,sometimesI can't hear myselfin youAnd (from "mother tongue"):i claimyou out of nothingbut hunger


    2. wtf this book is wrecking me. best book purchase i made on a whim for surelike i cant even begin to express how much this book GETS ME, gets the lived experience of language and identity as a chinese diasporic woman i cant even believe this book is real wtfchoice quotes: tongue,english,sometimesI can't hear myselfin youlater you could tell them/you're not whati expected/i cant even quote everything just go buy this immediately


    3. Solid collection in which a poet cracks her family's code while creating her own.Although it is often a mistake to say the poet is the speaker, Yao's poems are clearly drawn from her own family's immigrant experience. As she negotiates what it means to be both Canadian and Chinese, Yao stitches together unfamiliar words in a series of language lessons, weaving them in and out of fragments of her own, and her living and dead ancestors', experiences. The result is a grammar in which Yao resolves h [...]



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