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ISBN: 978 1 784107 07 9
Categories: 21st Century, American, Black and Asian, British, Humour, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: March 2019
216 x 135 x 6 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
A Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Recommendation
In Discipline, her third collection, Jane Yeh depicts a haunting and hilarious variety of lives, from an endangered young rhinoceros to the denizens of the 1980s New York club scene. These multifaceted poems explore what identity isn’t and is, as performance, as struggle, as change, as art, with penetrating wit, channeling the voices of outsiders, artists, misfits, and others. Discipline inhabits the space between the real and the surreal, a mash-up of deadpan humour and heartbreaking imagery where novelty T-shirts and lady astronaut centaurs can coexist. The poems are triggered by videos, paintings and installations by contemporary artists, animals and city life. They bristle with striking details and observations. Imaginary landscapes converge with episodes from recent history: power, resistance and the structures of oppression are seen inexorably in operation. These miniature dramas perform their own autopsies: ‘Sweet, then sour. My lips the colour of Doubt’.
Awards won by Jane Yeh Commended, 2019 Poetry Book Society Recommendation (Discipline) Short-listed, 2005 Whitbread Poetry Prize (Marabou) Short-listed, 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Collection
(Marabou) Winner, 2012 Girton College Jane Martin Prize
'Every word, image and space is arranged just so, and you can almost detect the hand of the poet making the final tweak'
Edwina Attlee, The Poetry Review, Summer 2019
'Like the paintings of Kirsten Glass that inspire Discipline's title poem, Yeh shows that the elegant and the macabre are never far apart.'
Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian
'Discipline offers an array of dark humour and electric wit...Yeh exposes the vanity of our emotional weight. The result is liberating and, yes, deeply funny.'
Sandeep Parmar, PBS Spring Bulletin 2019
'"Haunting and hilarious" explorations of identity and performance prompted by videos and paintings, animals and street life.'
The Guardian - '2019 in books: what you'll be reading this year'
Praise for Jane Yeh 'Marabou is fresh and surprising. If only all first books were this unusual.'
Stephen Knight, the Independent on Sunday 'She is a brilliant technician. Her acute visual sensibility, the sensuousness of her descriptions, her gift for the creation of striking metaphors, her sensitive orchestration of sounds and the precision of her thought are all rich sources of pleasure for the reader.'
Edmund Prestwich, Acumen 'Jane Yeh's The Ninjas is as unsettling and funny as its cover image... One is tempted to gobble down the exquisite poems one after another...'
Sarah Coles, New Welsh Review 'The Ninjas is profound, funny and sad, reminding us that humans and androids are lonely and need love, and that attention to detail and kindness to animals can make a better world. This quirky and wise collection has outstanding originality and poise.'
Aingeal Clare, Guardian
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