Publication date: 1 September 2019 20 pp hand-sewn and numbered risograph printed by Pagemasters limited-edition pamphlet sold out digital PDF version £3.50
All your ancient and future bodies crowded the unbuilt rooms in my dream
His peach slice, dusted in sugar, left out on the breakfast tray like an ideogram of a moon;
As white dresses flutter in the wind in Beirut, so does this hallucinatory poem move between reconfigurations of the Crusades, the myth of St George and the Dragon, and the role of art as protest for global bodily autonomy. Difficult and formally engaging, Wedding Beasts is a dizzying exploration of violent traditions and queer worship.
Jay Gao is a Chinese Scottish poet, editor, and the author of Imperium (2022), forthcoming from Carcanet Press, as well as the poetry pamphlets, TRAVESTY58 (2022), Katabasis (2020), and Wedding Beasts (2019). He is a Contributing Editor for The White Review. He is studying for an MFA at Brown University, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.