Publication date: 1 September 2019 20 pp limited-edition pamphlet | £7 hand-sewn and numbered risograph printed by Pagemasters
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 G YING is a poet, fiction writer, reviewer and translator based in Edinburgh. He has had work published in The White Review, Ambit, PBS Bulletin, The Scores, and forthcoming in The Poetry Review, 3:AM Magazine and The London Magazine. He was the winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the 2019 White Review Poet’s Prize, and shortlisted for the 2018 and 2019 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. He is a recipient of a Literature Matters Award from the Royal Society of Literature. Recently he was a winner of the 2019 New Poet’s Prize judged by Mary Jean Chan. His first pamphlet, Wedding Beasts, is forthcoming from Bitter Melon Poetry.