Yearling Final Cover

Paperback Price: 15.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-938584-10-7



Forthcoming April 2015

“Lo Kwa Mei-en’s Yearling is brilliant—blindingly smart and lit at midnight—hard and beautiful, so sharp ‘you could baptize a battlefield in it.’ Through its excavation of memory, trauma, girlhood, the body itself, it electrifies form and narrative in poems that are rich, journeyed, dark, resilient. So brave, too, in their song of recovery: wings and war and eggs and maps and scars and somehow, in the morning, vision. I am in awe of this book, will no doubt reread and reread it.”
—Anne Marie Rooney

“You can’t step into Yearling and then come back out the same. You just can’t. Lo Kwa Mei-en’s words burn elementally—fire, water, fire, water— beatering you, halving you, splitting you, with symmetrical defiance and embrace, ever and again. A luminescent and branding volume of poems that lights everything on fire with one hand and tends coals with the other.”
—Brenda Brueggemann

“Birds and burdens are the glorious stuff of Lo Kwa Mei-en’s stunning first collection, Yearling. Liberated and vulnerable, fierce yet open wide, Mei-en’s poems are bent on burnished edges, making fast breaks to the celestial, and unfurling in curiosity as often as discovery. Ophelia, Pinnochia, and The Body all stand in service to the poet’s request to “know me harder.” And I, as her reader, want very much to do so.”
—Betsy Wheeler

“Defiant and uncategorizable, Lo Kwa Mei-en’s Yearling, with its teeming species, battles, and passions, read like an illuminated manuscript: mysterious, visceral, awe-full. Hers are some of the most enviable poems I have ever read, and herald Mei-en as the new standard bearer for innovative structure, terrifying acknowledgment, ecstatic statement, and, I daresay, beauty.”
—Kathy Fagan


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