Mercenary English Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772012194
Pages: 144
Pub. Date: October 5 2019
Dimensions: 8" x 6" x 0.3125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Poetry / POE024000

  • POETRY / Canadian
  • POETRY / Subjects & Themes / General
  • POETRY / Women Authors

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Mercenary English

By Mercedes Eng
Mercedes Eng’s first book is a risky and profoundly unsettling work of “auto-cartography,” documenting the struggles and politics of everyday life in Vancouver, foregrounding the literal and figurative violence behind the euphemism “missing women,” resistance to the Olympic-Industrial Complex, and other legacies of colonialism that continue to haunt the fragile “City of Glass.”

"a mercenary pursuit to unsettle, rechart, and set ships in motion. woman at the helm. “dead, almost and alive” making the money, women hold it down. honey cake. workshirts mended, an arsenal in her pocket, at the ready, everyday the frontlines. body of work on the table, more weapons in the drawer. “words are confusing…what’s the one for the big men dressed in boots and helmets holding shields, holding assault rifles?” interlocking violences to be disarmed, we call war. with all her might Eng speaks from experience, intervenes to right the vertical, spits hard words that shine like justice and the concrete trembles. “the eagles know”
— Cecily Nicholson