Flèche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in fencing, a sport of Mary Jean Chan's young adult years, when she competed locally and internationally for her home city, Hong Kong. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable ('flesh') and weaponised ('flèche'), and evokes the difficulties of reconciling one...

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Author:Mary Jean Chan
Edition Language:English

Flèche Reviews

  • Erica G

    This is one of the most beautiful, exacting poetry collections I’ve ever read and I love almost every poem. When it comes out on 4th July, get yourself a copy ASAP!

  • Cia

    MARY JEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julia

    Outstanding first collection from Mary Jean Chan dealing with sexuality, family and acceptance/non acceptance. I found it a compelling read.

  • Paul

    Some really strong, affecting stuff in here, but for me it tailed off a bit towards the end and didn't quite keep the quality up in the final third section. Still, overall, a strong first collection.

  • Simon Barraclough

    At times gripping and moving, at others plain and formless. Nearly lost me at times but brought me back as it built towards an impressive climax. Well worth checking out, as you already know.

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