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Asian Canadian Photopoetics Fred Wah’s “Sentenced to Light”

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Asian Canadian Photopoetics describes the self-conscious epistemological interplay between photographs and Fred Wah’s “prose-poem sentences,” a process that graphically unfolds “around” the photographs in Sentenced to Light (2008). Wah’s photopoetics, influenced by Roy Kiyooka and racialized Asian Canadian contexts, are primarily marked by figures of ellipsis and extrapolation. These photopoetic tactics support “a poetics of the hyphen, another tool in the resistance to closure that sustains the dynamics of ‘betweenness’.”

Affiliations: 1: Department of English, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, bc, Canada,


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