OutLoud Book Launch - FOREIGN SKIN by Kate Rogers


Poetry OutLoud HK
  • Wed 07-10-2015 8:00 PM - 2 h

Fringe Vault

Free admission



Foreign Skin (Aeolus House 2015) is Kate Rogers' third collection of poetry. It launched in Toronto at Art Bar in July this year and makes its Hong Kong debut at the Fringe Club Vault October 7th. Her poetry has appeared in journals in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Hong Kong, Japan and Malaysia. Publication credits include The Guardian; Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; the Asia Literary Review; Morel; the Kyoto Journal; ASIATIC: the Journal of English Language and Literature at the Islamic University of Malaysia; Contemporary Verse II; Orbis International; and Many Mountains Moving. She is co-editor of the women's poetry anthology Not A Muse: the Inner Lives of Women (Haven 2008), which features 100 women poets from 24 countries. Kate's collection City of Stairs (Haven) launched in Hong Kong and Toronto in 2012.

// What does it mean to come to know a place when you are a foreigner – transformed and transforming – watching the birds, climbing the mountains, dreaming in whole-wheat phrases taken from the language of home? The idea of China (or at least a portion of China) comes into focus in these fine poems by Kate Rogers whose lamentation ‘I must not capture/ the spirit of this place’ becomes something of a love story wherein ‘a new Alice for Asia’ might also imagine herself as ‘a girl/ in a flower boat’ or a concubine who might ‘step away … to meet the blackbird’s song’. Foreign Skin takes the reader along as a privileged companion on a journey worth taking. 

– John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County, Ontario 

// Art, myths, family, food, places, history, birds, love, life – these are among the diverse subjects explored in Kate Rogers' beautiful, moving collection Foreign Skin. Rogers writes with tenderness and loving observation, and with a quiet intensity that lingers. Hong Kong looms large in Foreign Skin (I recognise that daipaidong, that Sai Yin Pun market, that darkness of a village night) but the book also takes us to other parts of the world, other times, as well as other psychological spaces beyond the confines of maps. I have been left with such exquisite images that I feel like I have received an education.

– Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Founding co-editor, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Assistant Professor, English Department, Hong Kong Baptist University


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