Pebble Swing

Pebble Swing

Isabella Wang
$18.95


A much-anticipated debut collection from one of Canada’s most promising emerging poets

Pebble Swing takes its title from stones skipping their way across a body of water, or, in the author’s case, syllables and traces of her mother tongue bouncing back at her from the water’s reflective surface. This collection is about language and family histories. It is the author’s attempt to piece together her family’s involvement in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which stole the life of her grandmother. As an immigrant whose grasp of Mandarin is fading, Wang explores absence—that which has not been spoken, but continues to haunt herself and her loved ones.

The poems in this collection also trace the experiences of a young poet who left home at seventeen to pursue writing, resulting in a series of city poetry written through the eyes of a homeless she-flâneur as she explores city spaces infused with history and memory, the musings of the everyday, environmental politics and the Site C dam and notions of home. While the poetics of response are abundant in the collection—with poems written to Natalie Lim and Ashley Hynd—the last section of the book, "Thirteen Ghazals and Anti-Ghazals after Phyllis Webb," comprises a continued response wherein Wang innovates and builds upon the works of Webb, John Thompson and Adrienne Rich in the experimental ghazal form.





Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714069
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8 in - 128 pp
POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General 

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A much-anticipated debut collection from one of Canada’s most promising emerging poets

Pebble Swing takes its title from stones skipping their way across a body of water, or, in the author’s case, syllables and traces of her mother tongue bouncing back at her from the water’s reflective surface. This collection is about language and family histories. It is the author’s attempt to piece together her family’s involvement in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which stole the life of her grandmother. As an immigrant whose grasp of Mandarin is fading, Wang explores absence—that which has not been spoken, but continues to haunt herself and her loved ones.

The poems in this collection also trace the experiences of a young poet who left home at seventeen to pursue writing, resulting in a series of city poetry written through the eyes of a homeless she-flâneur as she explores city spaces infused with history and memory, the musings of the everyday, environmental politics and the Site C dam and notions of home. While the poetics of response are abundant in the collection—with poems written to Natalie Lim and Ashley Hynd—the last section of the book, "Thirteen Ghazals and Anti-Ghazals after Phyllis Webb," comprises a continued response wherein Wang innovates and builds upon the works of Webb, John Thompson and Adrienne Rich in the experimental ghazal form.



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Nightwood Editions
ISBN: 9780889714069
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8 in - 128 pp
POE011000-POETRY / Canadian / General