Master (Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry) (Paperback)

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By Simon Shieh, Terrance Hayes (Introduction by)
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Winner of the 2022 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Terrance Hayes.

The debut collection from Simon Shieh, Master is a stark, surreal, and imagistic reckoning with a traumatic past. Master follows the speaker's struggle with masculinity from a martial arts school in upstate New York to a boxing academy in Beijing. Language emerges in this collection not as a neutral witness to a boy's subjugation, but as the very tool of hegemony, though one which also holds the key to its own undoing, and therefore to freedom. As much as Master is the story of pain, it is also a journey to healing, illuminating that while violence can be our patrimony, it does not have to be our destiny.

About the Author

Simon Shieh is a Taiwanese American poet and essayist. He has lived in upstate New York and Beijing, China, where he co-founded Spittoon Literary Magazine, which translates the best new Chinese writing into English. From 2008-2014 he competed as an amateur and professional Muay Thai fighter in China, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, and the U.S. In 2021 he was named a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow by the Poetry Foundation and in that same year moved to the U.S. with his wife, Charlotte, and their dog, Momo.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781956046212
ISBN-10: 1956046216
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 90
Language: English
Series: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry