As She Appears by Wong, Shelley

As She Appears

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Shelley Wong's debut, As She Appears, foregrounds queer women of color in their being and becoming. Following the end of a relationship that was marked by silence, a woman crosses over and embodies the expanse of desire and self-love. Other speakers transform the natural world and themselves, using art and beauty as a means of sanctuary and subversion. With both praise and precision, Wong considers how women inhabit and remake their environment. The ecstatic joys of Pride dances and late-night Chinatown meals, conversations with Frida Kahlo, trees that "burst into glamour," and layers of memory permeate these poems as they travel through suburban California, perfumed fashion runways, to a Fire Island summer. Wong writes in the space where so many do not appear as an invitation for queer women of color to arrive in love, exactly as they are.




Author: Shelley Wong
Publisher: YesYes Books
Published: 05/10/2022
Pages: 96
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.27lbs
Size: 8.00h x 6.00w x 0.20d
ISBN: 9781936919895


Award: National Book Awards - Nominee


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/16/2022

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