The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love
by Desmond Kon Zhicheng‐Mingdé
• The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love was the winner for the 2nd Annual USA Regional Excellence Book Awards, 2016 (Poetry category) for West region
If Desmond Kon’s earlier collection The Arbitrary Sign invoked continental philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love dialogues with some of Desmond’s favourite writers. These dialogic imports range from Franz Kafka to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dan Chiasson to John Wilkinson, all perambulating against the pivotal epigraph by Paul Celan. The same playful architecture of an alphabet book is present, eschewing a simple read to elevate each letter into moments of aphoristic epiphany, underscored by poems which are at once intimate, urgent, funny, dreamy, and robust. The book has been described by Lily Hoang as “a confabulation of desire and a prognosis of tender passion”.
About the Author
Desmond Kon Zhicheng‐Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, a hybrid work, and four poetry collections. He has edited more than fifteen books and co‐produced three audio books, several pro bono for non‐profit organizations. A former journalist, he is the first‐ever winner in both Poetry and Visionary Fiction categories at the Beverly Hills International Book Awards, as well as to have two collections tie for Poetry at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards, among other accolades. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.
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Dimension: 140mm x 210mm