haunt by Jody Chan — Out of Stock


trim: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
45 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-9978267-9-1
ISBN-10: 0-9978267-9-7


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Advanced praise for haunt:

“Jody Chan has crafted a museum of grief and grieving. The poems in this chapbook excavate loss and all its components: the emotional core of melancholy, healing versus remedy, the memorial versus the mundane. Some pieces twist the meaning of loss into the shape of home and belonging, or gentrification. Others are about grief as premonition, the actual movement of killing. Still others place the ownership of something as a kind of placeholder for losing it. The choreography of haunting is constantly at work. Let Jody Chan remind you.” —Nancy Huang

“Jody Chan’s haunt redecorates what it means to survive. From pie to the tooth fairy, Chan illustrates a life that hungers and has been hungered for. And how do we escape our trauma, begs Chan. How do we go about our day-to-day lives without memory tearing away at our skin? Chan is hopeful. Chan upsets the boundaries between survival and freedom. “listen,” they write, “the darkness won’t baffle you forever.” We become specks of hope. “i think freedom might just be another word for disappearance.” We become weary. Chan clarifies that we are human not because we’ve learned will power, or because we’ve survived. We are human because we take everything from our past with us and live: “& tonight is enough reason to live,” they write. So we do.” —Luther Hughes, author of Touched

“Haunt is a gorgeous study in tenderness, each poem a warm stream of light. Jody Chan is a remarkable poet, precise and delicate as they unravel thickets of inherited trauma, immigration, family, and the body. In haunt, Chan fleshes their ghosts, writes them out of the shadows. haunt is a stunning debut by a poet who writes with a steady deliberation and a full heart.” —Yasmin Belkhyr, author of bone light

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in


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