Grace Shuyi Liew
Winner of the 2015 Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest
“‘After years, months, days of assurances pouring in/from all over the realms,’ Grace Shuyi Liew writes in PROP, ‘the sisters/finally embrace their nationlessness’—and yet by the time the reader finishes this chapbook, she feels she has witnessed a rogue state, an Ur-state, and seen the way in which a plurality of bodies—even if only two—can become Law, Custom, Historicity, the Body Politic beautifully tailed and smelling of citronella. This is a deft and assured sequence, and I look forward to reading Liew’s work for years to come.” —Kerri Webster
Before the sisters fell into their forms there were other stories that waited and waited.
The descriptions return now and again the way a finch searches the snow, a deceptively simple
landscape of total whiteness,
guised as a linger:
always about to flit, never to flit.
Not I nor you unmoored by the charge of benevolence.
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Hair, first hair, dipped in ink of irises.
Copyright © 2016 by Grace Shuyi Liew
Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of Book of Interludes (Anomalous Press, 2016). Elsewhere, her work has appeared in cream city review, PANK, Bone Bouquet, West Branch, and others. She is an alum of Aspen Summer Words, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and the Watering Hole. She is from Malaysia and used to work as an interpreter. Now, she resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she attends Louisiana State University's MFA program and works as a teaching artist. PROP won the 2015 Ahsahta Chapbook Contest, judged by Kerri Webster.