Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse

“Rich with shades of fable, the wonder of the quest, urban myth, and the storytelling of legends, blended together with hints of surrealism throughout, the narratives of these mostly lyrical poems and prose poems will hold your attention breathless.”


“Her lyrical work and exquisite phrase-making derives not only from her own talent as a writer but also from her profession as a violinist. Tsang's is beautiful and haunting poetry.”


“Tsang gives generously from the seascapes of her artistry, her poems like ‘the window left open / on a rainy day, filling / the bathtub for free.’” Robert Priest, from the back cover blurb for Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse.


“She has a keen eye for nature, which she imbues with human and supernatural meaning. Cataloguing the motifs that occur in Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse—natural, magical, and transformative—can only suggest its dark and joyful richness.”


“[A] bold foray into daring writing. Expect unusual metaphors and dangerous beauty, and expect to have lines haunt you long after the last page is turned.”

            

Solitaires

by Sudeep Sen in Atlas O2: New Writing, Art, Image, 2007.

“Phoebe Tsang is a Chinese Canadian poet and musician. Her lyrical work and exquisite phrasemaking derives not only from her own talent as a writer but also from her profession as a violinist. The dozen poems assembled in this handmade chapbook are by turns delicate, moving and song-like. Take a look at the opening couplet of 'John Perry Plays': ‘Your fingers walk the black-and-white keyboard, / the weight of years sunken in each step.’ These lines are finely tuned and subtly crafted, full of natural rhythm and cadence. Another chapbook of hers is due this year, and I do hope she puts out a full-length collection soon. Tsang's is beautiful and haunting poetry.”