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Phoebe Tsang on Wax Poetic

By Tightrope Books | November 20th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


For all those in the Vancouver area, Phoebe Tsang (poet, Violinist and author of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse) will be on Wax Poetic Vancouver, British Columbia’s longest-running poetry radio show on Wednesday November 25th @ 2pm (PST) 102.7fm CFRO Co-op Radio.

Phoebe Tsang Vancouver Events

By Tightrope Books | November 19th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Two upcoming Phoebe Tsang events in Vancouver:


Event 1:

Launch party for Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse by Phoebe Tsang
7-9:30, on Thursday November 26, 2009 at Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver V5T 3E2
Store contact: 604.876.4311 / www.pulpfictionbooksvancouver.com

Event 2:

World Poetry Series Location: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms Poetry and music from around the world. Featured for this date are: Godwin Barton, Phoebe Tsang, Maria Sammarco, Jacqueline Maire, Bernice Lever. Music by Phoebe Tsang on violin. World Poetry hosts are Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. (Admission is free. Seating is limited) Date: Monday Nov 30, 2009 Vancouver Public Library


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.

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.

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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