“Wear poetry as both perfume and armor.”
In Turning to Wallpaper, lush, elegant language contrasts with the disturbing and at times gruesome imagery to create a collection that knows exactly how to haunt the reader. Wong’s words and artistry are vibrant with color, richly textured, defiant, and unapologetic in their boldness. Her speaker undertakes a spiritual journey of remembrance that transcends body, tradition, and even nation in the pursuit of authentic art—art that is constructed using radical acceptance of the past as a means to leave it all behind.
This is a story where no wounds are softened or left unconfronted.
It is beautiful, without beauty.
A Note From the Publisher
“Heidi Wong has created a truly vivid, powerful collection of work that speaks across generations, filled with characters and voices you yearn to hear more from.”
— Iain S. Thomas, Author of I Wrote This For You