Human Tissue by Weyman ChanHuman Tissue by Weyman Chan

Human Tissue

byWeyman Chan

Paperback | April 8, 2016

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Many poems deal with familial experiences, of coming to terms with the hybrid history of ethnic 'outsider.'Weyman Chan's fifth collection takes poetry to the laboratory, splicing a layered, tactile network that is Human Tissue.Short lyric poems navigate personal experience and memory, then weave into serial poems such as Parables for Frankenstein," diving into the material conditions of hybridity to construct the symbiotic self of a prototype misfit. "Panic Room," another serial poem probes the loner whose isolation at a house party takes a sinister turn, and "Unboxing the Clone" explores the causality of creation, where "trace beings" are felt in flesh and voiced in colloquial speech.Human Tissue creates a language that is intimate while acknowledging relations to the social environment. Accompanied by the tones of an erhu, archaic Anglo-Saxon language jostles with Chinese, and self-censure meets Faust and Judith Butler to ask the vital questions of origin. Chan shows us how we come to settle with histories of uncertain origin, the presence of science and technology in the mediated body, and how we forge "not-knowing" as a vibrant way of being."
Weyman Chan was born in Calgary in 1963, to immigrant parents from China. He has published poems and short stories in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. He won the 2002 National Magazine Awards silver prize for his poem At Work," and the 2003 Alberta Book Award for his first book of poetry, Before a Blue Sky Moon. His...
Title:Human TissueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.01 × 7.83 × 0.4 inPublished:April 8, 2016Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889229813

ISBN - 13:9780889229815

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