Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

First year PhD student, Jennifer Wong, has poetry collection reviewed by leading poetry journal

Thursday, 05 December 2013

Jennifer Wong, a first year PhD student at Oxford Brookes University studying contemporary Asian American poetry and the power of ethnicity, has her poetry collection reviewed in the latest issue of Magma Poetry. Published by Chameleon Press this year, Goldfish is a collection of poems that examines the pervasiveness of childhood memories, the Chinese rituals, superstitions, and social taboos, and includes a section with adaptations of classical Chinese poems. The poetry volume is considered to have displayed the asset of a 'restrained, pared-down style' and its 'delicate, unshowy language'. The review highlights the poet's 'ambiguous relationship with Hong Kong', the city where she was born and grew up, as a force that fuels her 'ability to see multiple sides of everything'. The review by Matt Merritt can be found in Issue 57 of MagmaPoetry edited by Ian McEwen and Hannah Lowe. In addition, the book has been reviewed in other publications including SouthChinaMorning Post, TimeoutHong Kong and UrbanDiary. Currently, Wong is studying for her PhD under the supervision of Dr Eoin Flannery and Dr Alex Goody, with creative writing supervision by Tobias Hill.