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Pamphlet via Smith|Doorstop

Winner of the 2019 New Poets Prize


Katabasis means a descent, the sinking of the winds or sun, a military retreat, a trip down into the underworld. This mythopoetic and experimental sequence of poems, texts and translations links the ancient Sumerian epic The Descent of Inanna to contemporary neo-colonial violences as a consequence of military occupation.


MARY JEAN CHAN: Taking its cue from The Descent of Inanna, this collection is one to be savoured repeatedly. Apart from its formal experimentation, its lyric epiphanies are also a delight."

WILL HARRIS: At once spectral and vivid, timeless and current, these broken rhythms and stalled narratives attempt to sift through the wreckage of War, and to argue back to it.

VAHNI CAPILDEO: The quiet music of Jay G Ying’s long lines leads gently into the extraordinary: through doorways, into War, among insects, nerved by queer desire. Fine wordplay adorns the substantial sense that demands can come from anywhere, even the wind or a fly, while self and kinship undergo violent transfiguration.