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Diving into the ambivalences and contradictions that are as characteristic of a family as her triumphs, Jerrold Yam's rousing debut poetry collection is a reaction to the precarious tilt from adolescence to adulthood.

The poems — which invoke subjects as diverse as childbirth, celebrity culture and National Service — extend beyond a struggle for acceptance amid the transien
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Paperback, First, 98 pages
Published May 2012 by Math Paper Press

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Yam's debut takes the reader into the psyche of a young man trying to escape - prodigal - and finally finding a sense of inheritance. The theme of family is at once its linchpin and, upon further reflection, undoing - for even as the unsettled nature of his confessionals and images make at times powerful statements, it feels as if the elevation of the everyday does not always reach transcendence.

For Yam it is the intense focus on the moment, the impression, that forms the seed of most of these
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Born in 1991, Jerrold Yam is a lawyer and the author of three poetry collections: Intruder (Ethos Books, 2014), Scattered Vertebrae (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (Math Paper Press, 2012).

His poems have been published in more than a hundred journals and anthologies across twenty countries, such as Axon, Drunken Boat, Mascara Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, Was
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“... when your palm laced like water
on a cheek of mine, a finger raiding
each contour by oath, we both knew
that in growing up, some signs had to be
sought behind closed doors, and upon discovery,
remain beyond the doors we wrought as ransom.”
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