Poetry. Women's Studies. If life is but a series of contiguous movements, CAREEN investigates the reasons one might momentarily lose all control and fall out of line. What is the nature of a desire? What are the consequences of uninhibited longing? How do we come to terms with the systematic conditions and lineages tethered to our individual lives? Any hunger for inclusion calls back to a long history of displacement. Then, "eventually, every color careens into its own lack," and the carte blanche of whiteness that envelopes a racialized nation is deftly overturned. On a journey in search for a home, CAREEN is a love note plunging headlong into its objects of unattainable desire.
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CAREEN (Noemi Press, 2019) is Grace Shuyi Liew's debut collection of poetry. Her work has appeared in West Branch, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, cream city review, PANK, Twelfth House, and elsewhere. She is a Watering Hole fellow, and her other honors include the Lucille Clifton Poetry Fellowship from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Aspen Summer Words scholarship, resident writer at Can Serrat in Barcelona, resident at Agora Affect, and others. Grace is a Contributing Editor for Waxwing. Born and raised in Malaysia, a former colony of The British Empire, Grace thinks closely of migration, loss, sexuality, violence, and nation states. The Mother figure, the Mother tongue, and the Mother land converge in her work, alongside theories about split consciousnesses and their affect. Currently, she lives in New York, where she runs a burgeoning qpoc arts collective, and works on a novel.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA