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  • Silent Anatomies : poems / Monica Ong ; selected by Joy Harjo for the Kore Press 2014 First Book Award.
Ong, Monica, 1977-
Tucson : Kore Press, 2015

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Additional Authors
  • Harjo, Joy
  • Kore Press publisher.
89 pages : illustrations; 26 cm.
"In Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong investigates cultural silences that shape the medical-emotional landscape of family diaspora, extending from China, to the Philippines, to North America. Her collection of image-poems juxtaposes diagram and diary, bearing witness to underrepresented histories of the body. Created as an assemblage of poetry, archive, and medical ephemera, she unpacks silence not only as the absence of language, but also as historical erasure, the loss of cultural memory, reconstructed truths, and ghosted identities. Writing in the voice of Medica, a daughter and witness, she questions the social hierarchies and gender roles of her upbringing, particularly their impact on women's health-seeking habits across generations. X-ray scans and anatomical drawings are rewritten to map identity and elegy, taking us to emotional landscapes in otherwise clinical spaces. Another series of apothecary bottles seek to remedy anxieties about gender, race, and even mental illness, drawing from a fusion of multi-cultural folklore and belief. With this experimental debut, Ms. Ong invites readers into her complex lineage, much of it fading, with the remains collected here as documentation of nomadic heritage, resilience, and quiet devotion. "--
Series Statement
  • Kore Press First Book Award for Poetry
Uniform Title
Poems. Selections
Alternative Title
  • Autobiographical poetry
  • Experimental poetry
  • Illustrated works
  • Poetry
  • Visual poetry
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 82-89).
Processing Action (note)
  • committed to retain
The glass larynx -- Bo Suerte -- Paper son -- Corona mestiza -- Fortune babies -- Catching a wave -- Perfect baby formula -- Medica visits the witch doctor -- Whitening solution -- Oral whitening rinse -- Metal lungs -- Innervation -- Silent treatment -- Her youth in Asia -- Etymology of an untranslated cervix -- Elegy -- The onset -- Profunda linguae -- The vessel -- The attic.
  • 9781888553697 (paperback)
  • 1888553693 (paperback)
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Harvard Library