Flèche

Flèche

Flche (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 ('flche'), and evokes the difficulties of reconciling one Flche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's y...

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Title:Flèche
Author:Mary Jean Chan
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0571348041
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:88 pages pages

Flèche Reviews

  • Richard
    Sep 15, 2019
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  • Sujata
    Sep 07, 2019
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  • Isabelle
    Jul 29, 2019
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  • rachy
    Aug 28, 2019
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  • Blue
    Jul 15, 2019
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  • Jay
    Aug 30, 2019
    if you looked within me now, you'd see that my languages are like roots gnarled in soil, one and indivisible except the world divides me endlessly From 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 e...
  • Julia
    Jul 27, 2019
    Outstanding first collection from Mary Jean Chan dealing with sexuality, family and acceptance/non acceptance. I found it a compelling read. ...
  • Sarah
    Sep 14, 2019
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  • M-L
    Aug 24, 2019
    A promising debut collection of poetry. I loved many of these poems. ...
  • KarLuis
    Jul 24, 2019
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  • AnneWDonnelly
    Aug 20, 2019
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  • Cynthia
    Jun 13, 2019
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  • Kandace Walker
    Sep 21, 2019
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  • Gurmeet
    Sep 22, 2019
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  • Helen
    Jul 29, 2019
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  • Ella Duffy
    Jul 16, 2019
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  • Serge Neptune
    Aug 15, 2019
    A great collection but it gets a bit lost towards the end (even though the last two poems are great). I loved the preface, it might have been a poem in its own right. Favourite poems: Conversation with Fantasy Mother, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, The Window, what my mothe...
  • Emma Van Hooff
    Sep 11, 2019
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  • Paul "Axl" Hurman
    Jul 11, 2019
    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. ...
  • Cia
    Jun 15, 2019
    MARY JEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
  • JonEly
    Aug 09, 2019
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  • Laure Schlink
    Aug 23, 2019
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  • R K
    Sep 09, 2019
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  • Simon Barraclough
    Jul 29, 2019
    At times gripping and moving, at others plain and formless. Nearly lost me at times but brought me back as it built towards an impressive climax. Well worth checking out, as you already know. ...
  • Kaitlin
    Aug 17, 2019
    In this debut collection, Chan addresses the complexities, pain and tenderness of her postcolonial queer existence. Deftly weaving multi-lingual, historical and personal references into short verses, every word feels carefully conjured in this book. The poems are also structured in a t...
  • Taylor Edmonds
    Aug 11, 2019
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  • Tessa
    Jul 27, 2019
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  • Erica G
    Jun 04, 2019
    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! ...
  • Clare P
    Jul 23, 2019
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  • Frances Rayner
    Sep 21, 2019
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