Fragments, Desire

Onjana Yawnghwe - Bio and Media
pb / 2017-10 / Poetry /
978-0-88982-317-4 / 104pp / $17.95

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.

In Fragments, Desire, Onjana Yawnghwe asks what do you do with Memory when you learn to embrace the Now. Intensely intimate, the poems stir the heart, expressing everyone’s
encounter with silence and separation. They also invite readers to respect and rediscover the power of friendship. What a beautiful, shattering, life-affirming book.” ~W.H. New, YVR