Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

by Phoebe Wang


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Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang

A Globe and Mail Best Book

A debut collection from a startling new voice in Canadian poetry.

The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being. The speaker in these poems is engaged in a kind of fieldwork, surveying gardens, communities, and the haphazard cityscape, where the reader is presented with the paradoxes of subsumed histories. With understated irony and unsettling imagery, the poems address the internal conflicts inherent in contemporary living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771005572
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

PHOEBE WANG was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, where she writes and teaches. She holds a BA in English from York University and a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two chapbooks, Occasional Emergencies (2013) and Hanging Exhibits (2016), and was the 2015 winner of Prism international's Poetry Contest. Admission Requirements is her debut collection of poetry.

Table of Contents


Tea Garden 3

Gift Economies 4

The Chinese Garden 6

Application Form 8

Permanent Status 10

The Japanese Garden 11

Sudden Departures 12

Mourning Doves 16

The Same Old Story 17

Guiding Lights 18

The Cartographer 20

Self-Portrait of a Diasporic Subject 22

The Canadian Exhibit 23

Still Life with Fallen Fruit 25

Possession 27

Historical Re-enactment 29

The Quarry Garden 31

Wreck Beach 32

Yard Work 33

Scotch Broom 38

Jack Pine 39

Invasive Carp 40

Night Ferry 42

The Stone Garden 44

Another View 45

Custom Design 46

Still Life with Dream Interpretation 48


Portage 51

The Dwarf Trees 60

The Child-Bride: A Letter 61

Rites of Passage 63

The Cloud People 64

Flight Path Above Bow Valley 66

Low Visibility 67

Suspensions of Power 68

Blue Irises 69

Dufferin Grove Suites 70

Conversation Pieces 74

PSA 75

Latitude 77

The Pre-existing Structures 78

Loft Conversions 79

Career Path 82

Lesson Plan 84

Future Prospects 85

Best Behaviour 87

Swimming Lessons 88

Still Life with Sea Water, a Lake, a Frozen River, Bathwater, and a Fountain 90

I Hear It's Raining 92

Still Life with Disappearing Act 94

Visiting Relatives 95

Regional Transit 97

Rising Tide 99

The Birds Went First 100

Notes 103

Acknowledgements 104

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