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The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak
By (author): Grace Lau
9781771835879 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Vancouver May 01, 2021
$20.00 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.25 in | 1 gr 70 pages Guernica Editions

The poems in The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak explore the many identities, both visible and invisible, that a body contains. With influences from pop culture, the Bible, tech, and Hong-Kongese history, these pieces reflect and reveal how the stories of immigrants in Canada hold both universal truths and singular distinctions. From boybands that show the way to become “the kind of girl a girl could love” to “rich flavours that are just a few generations of poverty away,” they invite the reader to meditate on spirituality, food, and the shapes love takes.

Grace is a Hong-Kong-born, Chinese Canadian writer raised in Vancouver and currently living in Toronto. She enjoys Harry Styles’ fashion choices, swaying to music, and sushi. Find her on social media @thrillandgrace.

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