boke 暈け | by Jasmine Gui

boke 暈け by Jasmine Gui, with illustrations by Jacqueline Lai

$12.00 | 978-1-988975-00-9


boke is a blue collection, a rainy collection, a walking collection.

These poems are about the journey of looking and not seeing exactly, but seeing enough. From the tiny logging towns and coastal ports in Malaysia, to the mega cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, the many places of home, family and history converge, tumbling and washing up against the rim of the poet’s “I”.



I sit at the starting dark of throat, reconciling puddles with their centres.

this year the moon is a double yolked lotus cake dividing on swollen backs.

lanterns into a dotting blackness.



I am not peering but it

frightens me. how deep a body is. how bodies are almost water

and even such a big moon is eventually eaten.



how precipice, when said,

is a scrambling anthill in my mouth.

JASMINE GUI is a Singaporean raised in Suzhou and Hong Kong, currently based in Toronto. She is the founder of Project 40 Collective and managing editor at LooseLeaf magazine. She completed her M.A. at the University of Toronto in English, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and has work published or forthcoming in Softblow, Panorama Journal, ricepaper, Hart House Review, (parenthetical) and more. She thinks in poetry, creative non-fiction, and comic panels.


JACQUELINE LAI is a Toronto based illustrator and motion graphics artist.  Working in both still illustrations and animation, what intersects is a love for visual storytelling. Her work varies from colourful, lighthearted images to delving deeper into depicting the human experience. She was trained in illustration and has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Illustration from Sheridan College. She is the author of Kru Jac: A Year in Thailand; a graphic novel depicting her experience living in Thailand as a teacher.