T. Liem’s new collection Slows: Twice is an immersive and thought-provoking exploration of time, identity, and language itself. Chock-full of versions, inversions, and revisions of the self, Liem writes and rewrites poems, inviting the reader to think through the significance of repetition and change from one instance to another.
Slows: Twice Coach House Books
Coach House Books
The collection’s form approaches fragmentation, but the speaker seeks connection everywhere. The speaker visits their father’s birthplace, Jogjakarta, listens to a stranger’s phone call in a Motel 6 in Alberta, and describes intimate domestic moments with their partner. Moving smoothly between concrete poems, prose poetry, and lyrics, the collection is wonderfully varied and infinitely engaging – you’ll want to sit with it and read it again and again.mRb