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Yo-Yo Heart by Laura Doyle Péan trans. Stuart Bell
PBS Translation Choice Winter 2022

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Two female lovers separate. Alone in her apartment, surrounded by books and memories, the narrator learns to heal her wounds as the days pass by. Written in the form of a personal diary, this collection of poems is made up of five parts, each a rite of passage, navigating the many stages of grief.

Laura Doyle Péan (they/them) is a communication & cinema graduate, McGill Law & Gender Studies student, poet and activist. The 22-year-old Haitian-Quebecois artist is interested in the links between language and identity, and in the role art plays in social transformations and social movements. Laura published their first book, Cœur Yoyo, in 2020, and has participated in many artistic productions with the queer feminist collective Les Allumeuses.

Stuart Bell is a translator of French literature. He studied Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge where he was later Translator in Residence (2021). His previous publications include ‘They Stole Our Beauty’ (2019), ‘The Softest Sleep’ (2020) and'Bird Me' (2021) which was shortlisted for the 2022 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize. He also edited the 2021 collection 'Moving Impressions: Essays on Art and Experience', the inaugural issue of The South London Cultural Review. 

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