A survival manifesto and celebration song both, Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines by Natalie Wee, special edition, is reimagined as both poetry collection and art object. Featuring never-before-seen poems and re-interpreted older poems, this edition asks us to consider what it means to exist in bodies that are pathways to extremes of grief and joy. Illustrating the body as a site of resistance, lineage, and testimony, this collection invites you to explore both the tremendous suffering and radiant possibilities of living: “watch me swallow / the hardest thing / my body has made / & live.”
Natalie Wee is a queer community-builder and the author of Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines. She was named the first runner-up for the 2020 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, the winner of the 2019 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest for poetry, and a finalist for the Best of the Net. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, she is currently a settler in Tkaronto.
The first print run of this special edition is accompanied by a special illustrated print by Wenting Li