June 9, 10 am
Poet Chia-Lun Chang Reads From Prescribee
An arch, precise collection of poems that casts world-historical hierarchies in an aspic mold and serves them back to us on a warped platter. Reading Prescribee is not dissimilar to the experience of coming across a recipe in a vintage American cookbook: it transforms the familiar ingredients of contemporary life into an uncanny, discomfiting concoction. Wielding English as a foreign language and medium, Chang redefines the history of Taiwan and captures the alienation of immigrant experience with a startlingly original voice.