The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love
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THE WRONG/WRUNG SIDE OF LOVE
by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-mingdé
If Desmond Kon’s earlier collection The Arbitrary Sign invoked continental philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love dialogues with some of Desmond’s favourite writers. These dialogic imports range from Franz Kafka to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dan Chiasson to John Wilkinson, all perambulating against the pivotal epigraph by Paul Celan. The same playful architecture of an alphabet book is present, eschewing a simple read to elevate each letter into moments of aphoristic epiphany, underscored by poems which are at once intimate, urgent, funny, dreamy, and robust. The book has been described by Lily Hoang as “a confabulation of desire and a prognosis of tender passion”.
- paperback: 128 pages
- product dimensions: 140 x 210 mm