Publisher: Oolichan Books
In Fragments, Desire, at once a love poem and an homage to Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, Onjana Yawnghwe has created what she refers to as her own “dictionary of love.” Out of loss and loneliness and the need for connection comes her poem of self-realization and affirmation. “In a world in which I felt misunderstood, Barthes’ book seemed to be the only thing that understood me.” Whether read individually or as a long poem, Fragments, Desire is a book of astonishing beauty and originality.
Onjana Yawnghwe was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Literary Artist in 2012. She was a co-founder of Fish Magic, a micro press specializing in limited-run, handmade chapbooks and was co-editor of Xerography, a little literary journal.