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Pilgrim

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Pilgrim is a collection of poems by Lisabelle Tay, illustrated by Reena Makwana.

Part of The Emma Press Art Squares series.

“A half-cracked shell

 

Morning and evening

 

White dew on the underside of a leaf

 

A gasp of air, something forgotten

now remembered

 

A bare kernel of deathlessness

sown silently at dusk”

 

– ‘List of Things Beyond My Bedroom Curtains’, in Pilgrim

Available for preorder now! Preorders will receive a handprinted linocut ex libris book plate by Lisabelle Tay (one per order).

Page count: 36

Publication date: 07 October 2021

Paperback ISBN: 9781912915859

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Lisabelle Tay

Lisabelle Tay writes poetry and fiction, often with a speculative bent. After completing her studies in English Literature at King’s College London, she returned to Singapore, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her story Surat Dari Hantu recently placed first in the 2020 Dream Foundry short story contest. 'Pilgrim' is her debut poetry pamphlet.

Description

In her debut pamphlet, Lisabelle Tay leads the reader down through the underworlds of illness, motherhood and family histories. Lighting the way with her luminescent poems, the poet draws on Celtic, Classical and Chinese mythologies, appealing to the selkie, Eurydice, and Chang’e in turn as she seeks a path through the darkness – and back to the light.

Pilgrim depicts a journey and a return, moving from the expansive and mythological to the inward and personal. The pilgrim who left is not the pilgrim who returns…

Illustrated by Reena Makwana and gorgeously printed in monocolour risograph at The Holodeck, this is not a collection to be missed.

About the illustrator

Reena Makwana is a London-based illustrator creating illustrations using drawings, embroidery and print. Her work is influenced by the city, characters, creatures, social past and present. She has produced work for clients including Vittles, Pit Magazine, Endeavour Agency, Lecker, Big Family Press, OOMK and At The Table. Visit her website here: reenamakwana.com

Praise for Pilgrim

Pilgrim is an epic quest filled with atmospheric revisionings of myths, folklore, and the Bible, and flashes of domestic bliss and terror. Tay is an arresting new voice and you will find something of wonder on every page.’ Christine Chia, author of The Law of Second Marriages and Separation: a history

‘There is a space between the mythic and the mundane that calls to us, full of half-remembered tales, warnings, allusions. Lisabelle’s ethereal poems – less written than whispered – transport us there, allowing a ‘quickening prickle of revelation’ to build. ‘This too,’ she writes, ‘is a kind of pilgrimage’.’ Theophilus Kwek, author of Moving House

Additional information

Dimensions 200 × 3 × 200 cm
Format

Print, eBook

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