A Place Called No Homeland

A Place Called No Homeland

This extraordinary poetry collection journeys to the place where forgotten ancestors live and monstrous women roam—and where the distinctions between body, land, and language are lost. In these fierce yet tender narrative poems, Thom draws from both memory and mythology to create new maps of gender, race, sexuality, and violence. Descended from the traditions of oral storytelling, spoken word, and queer punk, Thom's debut collection is evocative and unforgettable.

Kai Cheng Thom is a trans writer and performance artist whose work has been published in Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, Asian American Literary Review, and xoJane. She writes regularly for Everyday Feminism.

Title:A Place Called No Homeland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781551526799
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    A Place Called No Homeland Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This is a fantastic debut for this poet, focusing on identity and survival, navigating borders between gender expectations and gender identity, Chinese cultural background and Canadian "home," never f...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    This was a fucking phenomenal collection of poetry. I can't even believe it's her debut. Poems with strong roots in oral traditions and spoken word, you can really hear them in your mind and heart. To...

  • Kat

    “there some stories that are never told/but known nonetheless we bake them into bread/fill buns with secretslike sweet lotus paste/ “what can’t be cured must be endured“chinese familiesdon’t...

  • Leah Horlick

    If you ever have a chance, do your soul a favour and make sure you can hear Kai Cheng Thom perform these pieces aloud. This work shakes up the very foundations CanLit is built on, and I am just thrill...

  • Maggie Gordon

    Damn. How do you describe a book of poetry that is so full of rage and hope that even though it discusses many things outside of your experiences, you are awash with empathy and a great need to cry/sc...

  • Barbara McEwen

    I have never read anything quite like this. This is some powerful poetry. So many concentrated emotions, it is like a poetry bomb....

  • Kate

    I like to read poetry aloud. I don’t perform it but I speak it gently under my breath so I can hear the words and the flow as best I can (of course it would never compare to hearing the words from t...

  • Sonya

    a place called No Homeland is a stunning and unflinchingly powerful poetry collection. Kai Cheng Thom, a Chinese Canadian trans woman, breaks down boundaries between the body, history, and nature with...

  • Bina

    Amazing collection of poetry!...

  • Hannah

    This is it everyone: my favorite poetry collection of all time. Well, at least so far. It's absolutely stunning. Extraordinary. Bone-chillingly vulnerable. She blends memory and mythology, invokes the...