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Vancouver Launch of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse

By Tightrope Books | November 23rd, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


What: Launch party for Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse by Phoebe Tsang
When: 7pm-9:30pm, Thurs 26 Nov 2009
Where: Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. V5T 3E2
Store contact: 604.876.4311 / www.pulpfictionbooksvancouver.com

The poems in Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.


Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up in England and currently resides in Canada. She is the author of the poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books). Phoebe’s poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). Journal credits include Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Atlas02 (UK & India), Brand (UK), Room and Freefall (Canada). Her chapbooks are Solitaires (Lyricalmyrical Press, 2006) and To Kiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). A professional violinist, she is a multi-genre artist who holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London.

Co-launch of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse and Little Venus Tonight

By Tightrope Books | November 5th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment



Tightrope Books, The Fairies Pyjamas, and The Toronto Women’s Bookstore cordially invite you to the official co-launch for two exciting new poetry collections: Phoebe Tsang’s Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse and Carla Drysdale’s Little Venus.

The launch will feature readings by the poets, a screening of a short documentary of Phoebe’s multidisciplinary violin/poetry/dance/drama performances with Majlis Arts, and a silent auction for a mermaid’s purse donated by Toronto indie designer and fair-trade vendor, The Fairies Pyjamas, whose items will also be on display and available for purchase. Books will be sold by the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Music by DJ Boogie.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Bread & Circus, 299 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market
Doors at 7 pm, readings, screening & auction at 8 pm
Free admission, cash bar

Phoebe Tsang at Livewords

By Tightrope Books | October 6th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Phoebe Tsang will read from her forthcoming poetry collection, Content’s of a Mermaid’s Purse, at Livewords this week.


Thursday, October 5
Sage West
924 College St
8 pm
http://www.livewords.ca/

About Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse:

Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice.

These poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse will launch Thursday, November 5 at Bread & Circus (299 Augusta Ave) at 8 pm.

Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, grew up in England, and currently resides in Canada. Phoebe’s poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). Journal credits include Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Atlas 02 (UK & India), Brand (UK), and Freefall (Canada). Her chapbooks areSolitaires (Lyrical Myrical Press, 2006) and To Kiss the Ground (Press On! 2007). A professional violinist, she is a multi-genre artist who holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London. www.phoebetsang.com.

Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, by Phoebe Tsang

By Tightrope Books | August 25th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome to a new edition of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glimpses – teases, if you will – into our new, backlist, and forthcoming books. This week’s teaser comes from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, a collection of poetry set to hit bookshelves this fall.

These poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.

You can visit author Phoebe Tsang at her website, http://www.phoebetsang.com.

For now, please enjoy “Seven Days Without You,” from Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.

monday: wake up

hair crumpled as a black silk scarf—

i see you’ve been trying to strangle me in my sleep

tuesday: eyes ringed with ash-grey—

have you been trying to set me on fire again

wednesday: wake late

when did sunlight get so dark

i waited all night but dawn never came

thursday: bad dreams—

you rode the moon through my window

and laced my pillow with mercury

friday: i’m a strawberry field

scarred with spider-sized bites—

i never wanted to be your voodoo doll

saturday: stay in bed all afternoon

i shouldn’t miss you but i do

sunday: wake up alone

finally it seems you’ve stopped

dreaming about me