Flèche

Flèche

Flèche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's young adult years, when she competed locally and internationally for her home city, Hong Kong. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable ('flesh') and weaponised ('flèche'), and evokes the difficulties of reconciling...

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Title:Flèche
Author:Mary Jean Chan
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Flèche Reviews

  • Erica G
    This is one of the most beautiful, exacting poetry collections I’ve ever read and I love almost every poem. When it comes out on 4th July, get yourself a copy ASAP!...
  • Cia
    MARY JEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
  • Angharad Morgan
    I don't often write reviews on Goodreads and already know that I can't do justice to this incredible book, but I wanted to sing about it from the rooftops and definitely thought I should supplement the five stars. This is one of the best - potentially THE best - of the poetry collections I've read i...
  • Jay Moran
    if you looked within me now, you'd seethat my languages are like rootsgnarled in soil, one and indivisibleexcept the world divides me endlesslyFrom the poem Wish (pg.64)In the preface of this collection, Chan states that "This is a book of love poems", and she means it in every sense of the word. Fl...
  • Rebecca
    Exquisite poems of love and longing, with the speaker’s loyalties always split between head and heart, flesh and spirit. Over it all presides the figure of a mother – not just Chan’s mother, who had difficulty accepting that her daughter was a lesbian, but also the relationship to the...
  • Paul
    Some really strong, affecting stuff in here, but for me it tailed off a bit towards the end and didn't quite keep the quality up in the final third section. Still, overall, a strong first collection....
  • rosamund
    A fantastic debut collection, Flèche is a very moving collection of poems about dislocation, queerness and love. Chan is bilingual in English and Cantonese, and these poems explore moving through two languages, English as a imperialist tool, and how speaking different languages in different aspec...
  • Tony
    This is Mary Jean Chan’s debut collection, Flèche. It's rather good.A series of poems about identity and growing comfortable with oneself in the face of a world inclined to try and put you into boxes. A place where you are as unforgiving of yourself until you can forgive yourself even if you...

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