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Yeh, Jane (2019). Discipline. Manchester, UK: Carcanet Press.

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Abstract

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’.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2019 Yeh
ISBN: 1-78410-707-7, 978-1-78410-707-9
Keywords: poetry; creative writing; dramatic monologue; ekphrasis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Contemporary Cultures of Writing
Item ID: 58605
Depositing User: Jane Yeh
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 11:38
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 10:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58605
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