Jennifer Lee Tsai: poetry as an offering, an incantation, an invocation

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Jennifer Lee Tsai is a poet, editor and critic. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works and a Ledbury Poetry Critic. Her work is featured in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and her debut poetry pamphlet is Kismet (ignitionpress, 2019). Jennifer is a Contributing Editor to Ambit. In 2019, she was awarded an AHRC scholarship to undertake doctoral research in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool. She is the winner of a Northern Writers Award for Poetry 2020.

I think of writing poetry as an offering, an incantation, an invocation, imbued with musicality. A space to express in language that which has been silenced, unsaid, or needs to be said. These poems respond to themes of intergenerational trauma and pain, desires of the body and heart. They ask and imagine how healing, repair and care can take place in the form of prayers that seek transformation, reconciliation and joy.

Poem entitled Ritual Bridge WHite Clouds Monastry. Follow link for full text
Jennifer Lee Tsai
This poem was written in response to a photograph taken by Liz Hingley available in the book Shanghai Sacred (2018) and shown at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool as part of an exhibition
Originally commissioned by Almanac Arts and RISE

 


Poem entitled flower. FOllow link for full text
Jennifer Lee Tsai
Originally published in Kismet (ignitionpress, 2019)

 


Poem entitled syncope. Follow the link for the full text
Jennifer Lee Tsai
Originally published in issue 3, bathmagg

 


Poem entitled Fallen Star. Follow the link for the full text
Jennifer Lee Tsai
Originally commissioned by Tmesis Theatre
Note: the first two lines are adapted from a Chinese folk tale ‘The Assistant Thunder God’
This poem has been made into a short 3-minute film: