Yemassee 2020


“Cunningly confiding and patient, Threshold Amnesia uses the shadows of kinship and isolation to collage an excavation of the identity archive, in which exists no known absolution. These modes do not comply: memory’s gaze unsettles the pastoral; othering inverts the catalogue and its creator; the lover is a capitalist fantasy. These poems are wrought with surprising lines and suspenseful images from the intersections of estranged ancestral utility, stranger contemporary consumption, and the rasp of assimilating either way, driven by the desire for “a space that is empty, / mine, pressed breathless / between survival and production.”
––Justin Phillip Reed, judge of the Yemassee Chapbook Contest

Threshold Amnesia by Jessica Yuan

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