Tinfish EXILE Collection

Tinfish EXILE Collection
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by Genève Chao • 2018

Emigre is about islands and the words that emigration obliges us to make into islands.

Genève Chao is the child of émigrés, a translator of poetry between French and English, and the author of two other books of poetry. This book is a monument to all the strands of Chao’s family.

Book of Cord

by Leona Chen • 2017

In her debut collection Book of Cord, Leona Chen confronts the loss of Taiwanese identity through colonization and emigration. As she acknowledges her heritage and claims herself as Taiwanese American, “a radical act” with “profound implications,” her poems explore histories both recognized and erased. She composes her narrative by way of a series of fragmentary lyric poems in English that is interspersed with Taiwanese Hokkien. Book of Cord is Chen’s protest, journey of self-discovery, and rallying cry for the Taiwanese American community. Or, as novelist Shawna Yang Ryan writes in her comprehensive introduction: “The history she depicts is implied and embodied, making it emotionally accessible to readers unfamiliar with Taiwan’s history and deeply affecting to those who are familiar. This is a powerful inscription of an effaced history.”

Leona Chen is the firstborn of parents raised under martial law in Taiwan, and the great-granddaughter of the aboriginal Ketagalan tribe’s last standing chief. The making of Book of Cord was a 20th birthday gift to herself and to Taiwanese democracy.


By Elizabeth Soto • 2010

Elizabeth Soto’s is a beautiful elegy to an artist who suffered schizophrenia, as well as an examination of mental illness and suicide. It is also a love poem. “What do I remember?” she asks; what she finds are pieces puzzled together in collage form to make, if not a whole, then an evocation of events and emotions associated with schizophrenia. “I remember he was terrified of everything,” she answers. Once a student of archaeology, Soto is able to peel back layers of feeling without flinching, offering the reader a poem that works both on the page and in performance.

Elizabeth Soto is the Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawai?i. She has worked in archaeology, construction, and poetry. She is currently tossing her time between her work in construction, the youth poetry movement, her own performance poetry, and taking classes at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She lives with her son, two dogs, and a cat in Kailua, Hawai?i.

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