***Shortlisted for the Forwards Prize First Collection Award***
Cynthia Miller’s debut poetry collection, Honorifics, is an astonishing, adventurous, and innovative exploration of family, Malaysian\-Chinese cultural identity, and immigration. From jellyfish blooms to glitch art and distant stars, taking in Greek gods, space shuttles and wedding china along the way, Miller’s mesmerizing approach is experimental, luscious, and expansive with longing: ‘My skin hunger could fill a galaxy.’
Here, the poetry is interwoven with the words for all the things we honour – our loved ones and our ancestors, home and homecomings, and all that is precious and makes us feel that we belong and are beloved. It is also a book that examines contemporary issues of migration in sharp and enquiring relief. Language itself becomes a radical power for reimaging, challenging, and making change, and Miller’s distinctive and multifaceted poetry creates an extraordinary space for multiplicity and celebration.
Cynthia, as you will all know, is the co-founder and essential part of Verve Poetry Festival as well as being on the Verve Poetry Press advisory board! She has been at every moment of every VERVE, but we suppose we will have to book her for a reading now that she is also famous! 🙂
Date: 24th June 2021
Extent: 72 pp