A Place Called No Homeland Kai Cheng Thom
  • Title: A Place Called No Homeland
  • Author: Kai Cheng Thom
  • ISBN: 9781551526799
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Place Called No Homeland Kai Cheng Thom A Place Called No Homeland This extraordinary poetry collection journeys to the place where forgotten ancestors live and monstrous women roam and where the distinctions between body land and language are lost In these fierce
    This extraordinary poetry collection journeys to the place where forgotten ancestors live and monstrous women roam and where the distinctions between body, land, and language are lost In these fierce yet tender narrative poems, Thom draws from both memory and mythology to create new maps of gender, race, sexuality, and violence Descended from the traditions of oral storyThis extraordinary poetry collection journeys to the place where forgotten ancestors live and monstrous women roam and where the distinctions between body, land, and language are lost In these fierce yet tender narrative poems, Thom draws from both memory and mythology to create new maps of gender, race, sexuality, and violence Descended from the traditions of oral storytelling, spoken word, and queer punk, Thom s debut collection is evocative and unforgettable.Kai Cheng Thom is a trans writer and performance artist whose work has been published in Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, Asian American Literary Review, and xoJane She writes regularly for Everyday Feminism.
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    About Kai Cheng Thom


    1. Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, social worker, fierce trans femme and notorious liar who loves lipstick and superhero cartoons A prolific essayist and poet, her work appears online in publications including BuzzFeed, xoJane, Everyday Feminism, and Autostraddle and in print in Asian American Literary Review, Plenitude, and Matrix Magazine, among others Her first collection of poetry, a place called No Homeland, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2017 As a spoken word artist, she has appeared and featured at venues including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts She is also a mental health community worker and co founder of the collective Monster Academy Mental Health Skills for Montreal Youth Kai Cheng lives in Montreal and Toronto, both of which were built on unceded Indigenous territory Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars A Dangerous Trans Girl s Confabulous Memoir is her first novel.


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    1. This is a fantastic debut for this poet, focusing on identity and survival, navigating borders between gender expectations and gender identity, Chinese cultural background and Canadian home, never feeling quite like they belong, but tackling life with a fullness and energy that comes across in every word.There is a great video on YouTube of the poet talking about the poetry and concepts therein, but I haven t been able to find any performances of the poetry itself I would LOVE to see it performe [...]

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    2. This was a fucking phenomenal collection of poetry I can t even believe it s her debut Poems with strong roots in oral traditions and spoken word, you can really hear them in your mind and heart Tough and tender meditations on family, race, being trans, femininity, trauma, relationships, community, sex, books, and love All i want is to turn my lungs into a glass instrument and let them sing glory to my sisters there is a poemscratched onto the walls of my throatno one has heard itbut it is there [...]

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    3. there some stories that are never told but known nonetheless we bake them into bread fill buns with secretslike sweet lotus paste what can t be cured must be endured chinese familiesdon t talk about our feelings we wash them downwith pork do as you are told, child eat what s in your bowl swallow it bitter or sweetsome violence, wekeep inside our bodies scar tissue what love the kind they show in gwai lo films chinese women don t speakof love we knowthat people will laugh at us some bodies can t [...]

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    4. If you ever have a chance, do your soul a favour and make sure you can hear Kai Cheng Thom perform these pieces aloud This work shakes up the very foundations CanLit is built on, and I am just thrilled that Kai Cheng was named the winner of the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers I know there s so much of this incredible work to come.

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    5. Damn How do you describe a book of poetry that is so full of rage and hope that even though it discusses many things outside of your experiences, you are awash with empathy and a great need to cry scream Thom is a transwomen with a lot to say about bigotry and survival in beautiful, knife like, poetic language She shies away from nothing, whether it be painful insights and lessons about her own behaviour, or the horrible actions of society as a whole This is a fantastic, powerful, angry book.

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    6. Shorter VersionA Place Called No Homeland is the debut collection of poetry by Kai Cheng Thom Her poems are very powerful and autobiographical in nature, filled with authentic and gut wrenching experiential truths of love, violence, longing and pain It is a true story of the painful experiences of a boy who knows from a young age that he is wants to be a girl but must live like a boy Growing older, the pain intensifies and Thom presents to the world as the female she knows she was born be I thou [...]

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    7. This woman is an advocate for transgender youth and this passion shows through in her poems There is an intimacy to her poems that make you feel as though you were reading her diary These poems are graphic and it is clear that this poet has been through many struggles in her life I appreciate that I was able to get a sense of what it must be like to walk in her shoes Beyond that there is a way that she is Kai Cheng Thom is able to play with words that were fun and creative as can only be seen in [...]

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    8. Poems that speak of Identities queer, trans, femme, Chinese Canadianfluidity and fluids blood, tears, cum tooFinding herself and her voice this is a collection rooted in oral and spoken word traditionsSearching for love and shelter, belonging wanting safety and taking risksSex, violence, and the bitter, traumatic, painful ways they intersectRating poetry seems even sillier to me or I feel even less qualified to do it than rating other books So I don t.

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    9. This was absolutely phenomenal It is both vulnerable and powerful The poems suck you in and spit you out, dazed but already planning your second go I am so pleased to have this and be able to re read it It deals with so many contemporary issue such as trans identity, culture, violence, and ethnicity This makes it even important to read, if not for enjoyment, but for it s necessity It relishes in the space of discomfort, between the lull and the rise full review utopia state of mind reviDisclaim [...]

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    10. Tbh most of these poems are just bad in your mouth, they called it the boy without a penis I found when is a woman offensive Maybe thom should have paid attention to that class and what sojourner truth was actually saying I don t like how she uses racism as an easy way to dismiss to dismiss the specificity of female body experience by saying this is done by white feminists, to dismiss gay rights by telling white gays to stuff marriage equality I m not calling out thom specifically but when peop [...]

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    11. dear scientist, mortuary explorer, search me thoroughlytenderly catalogue all my wayward partsnd somewhere in methe forgotten moon, the faded stars Kai s forthright talents seem made for poetry, and I was delighted to read the creative and scintillating A Place Called No Homeland Jelly tender, tough as knives, these poems ride the borderland into and through trauma, relationships, love and power and bring us out deepened on the other side.

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    12. This is an astounding book of poetry Incredible language, just breathtaking I could sit here for several hours trying to come up with words to describe the beauty and vitality and no bullshit straight up realness of this book Or you could just go buy it, because I ll never do it justice, it is just that good, there is just so much bursting from these pages I just want everyone to read it now.

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    13. Breathtaking.I m not naturally inclined to poetry and there s a lot of other and I am not a but this was awesome Irksome, too.

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    14. I will have to buy a copy I dogeared too many pages of this library book These poems save.

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    15. These poems are everything I loved Fierce Femmes but I LOOOOOOVED these powerful poems I can t wait to buy all of Kai Cheng s books until forever.

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    16. loved the range of poems, styles, language and subjectsand the many moments of no homeland

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    17. I don t remember the last time I read a poetry collection from cover to cover This poetry is such a gift.

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    18. 4.5 Stars This book has a lot of hard hitting poems Specifically the complications surrounding violence and growing up trans I d highly recommend.

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    19. I d been wanting to read this for a while and was not disappointed Seeking out Thom s other works now.

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    20. I received this book from Eldeweiss and Arsenal Pulp Press This was the first book I ve ever read that is centered around the struggles of trans culture and I really did like it I would like to warn readers there are TRIGGERS for RAPE VIOLENCE and there is major foul language So if you have a problem with PROFANITY this is NOT the book for you For my full review head on over to blog poeticbutterflyreview or check out my video review youtu 1UUhMWZSb5U

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