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Imperium

Jay Gao

Categories: 21st Century, China, First Collections, LGBTQ+, Scottish
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (80 pages)
(Due Aug 2022)
9781800172470
£11.99 £10.79
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  • Jay Gao's debut collection Imperium introduces a compelling innovative talent. These poems layer together formal experiments, lyric intensity and occasionally sardonic perspectives on the contemporary. His perspective is refreshingly original: he writes as a Chinese-Scottish poet, critic and editor. He has published three pamphlets and is a contributing editor to The White Review. He divides his life between Edinburgh and Providence, Rhode Island.

    What emerges in Imperium, in the uses and revisions of classical antecedents (Homer, Ovid, Sappho), is a sense of how to live in moments which are visited by, and never free of, the memory of trauma.
    Jay Gao is the author of three poetry pamphlets: TRAVESTY58, forthcoming from SPAM Press; Katabasis (2020), a winner of a New Poets Prize; and Wedding Beasts (2019), shortlisted for the Saltire-Calum MacDonald Award. He is a Contributing Editor at The White Review and is a mentor for the Ledbury Emerging ... read more
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