Tapping At Glass charts girlhood, multilingualism, and psychogeography from Hong Kong to Scotland. Myths, meditations on the arts and mass media, and migration stories entwine. Through protest-stricken urban spaces, love hotels, farming as activism, frog watching, alternative therapies, and seascapes where racial and social memories flow in all directions, the working class subjects in Cheng’s poems reflect on what it means to exist in one locale and dream of elsewhere, where the past and future, interconnectedness and othering, are in perpetual negotiation. Tapping into various moods, Cheng’s poems question the making of a self and a city, and the languages one uses to translate microhistories
Tapping At Glass is Tim Tim’s debut pamphlet collection.
“Tim Tim Cheng is a wonderful new voice in the poetry landscape. Playful, serious, complicating any attempt to pin her down – even in the short span of a pamphlet she dances through images and ideas. Already so accomplished, she is definitely a poet who is going places.” – Niall Campbell
‘Headlines fell from our mouths’: Tim Tim Cheng writes poems with the urgency of an elegy to freedom, pulsing with the electric shock of displacement. She is alert to the sudden strangeness of things, riffing from the now into rich veins of myth. These poems capture the tested bonds between friend and friend, between parent and child, between language and tongue. Tapping At Glass confirms her as one of a vital new generation of poets emerging from Hong Kong.’
– Sarah Howe
Verve Poetry Press