Flèche Mary Jean Chan
Faber & Faber
The title is an offensive move in fencing and although fencing terminology is used metaphorically, the book's focus is on making a peace with a status as an outsider when pressurised to pass as conforming to society's expectations and not wanting to disappoint a mother. Mary Jean Chan is bilingual, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in the UK. Her poem, "A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far", explores her sense of nee...