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Poetry Launch: The Unquiet

Thursday, Mar 21 2019
20:00 - 21:00
Lisa Kiew, Miriam Gamble, Peter Mackay
location: Lighthouse Bookshop

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Join us for the launch of The Unquiet.

‘These beautifully crafted poems explore the liminal spaces between continents, cultures, and most keenly, between languages. L. Kiew’s writing is simultaneously compressed and bristling with detail, in poems alive to the slips and possibilities inherent in the transcultural experience.’ – Hannah Lowe

‘Where are you from? What’s your accent?’ ask these poems in their two-strand voice, English and Malay woven together into a tapestry of the long- and recent-dead. The unquiet will not stay away, but press whispering at the boundaries of our world. Often, again and again, they burst through that tensile barrier, catching at us: ‘My dress is red shantung; / its last occupant is / heartbroken and tugging / on my hem.’ Ghost after ghost visits, bringing the scents and voices of their waking lives.

Here, each word has a twin – the learned and the mother tongue are one, and language is layered like sediment containing the bones of our ancestors. Unsurprisingly, the bonds of family are elemental, the ‘brothersistercousins’, unborn longed-for children, the ‘parents on expedition upriver’, ‘Father in a sarong and t-shirt / walking the five-foot way / calling on shopkeepers / in his mouthful of dialects’.

These are dispatches from the porous borderland of this world, humming with its traffic of ghosts and visitors, and told through subtle, complex poems in which ‘The hitch slips . . . Yokes transmit tension’ but, ultimately, ‘the harness holds’.

Join us for readings from Lisa Kiew as well as Miriam Gamble and Peter Mackay.

As always we have 15 FREE places for this event, available first come first served by telephone or in person from the bookshop.

You can also buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility on our website, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!


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