Feature and Challenge #5: Sarah Howe / by Foot Notes

Sarah Howe is a Hong Kong-born British poet, academic and editor. Her first collection of poems is Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. With extraordinary range and power, her poems meditate on hybridity, intermarriage and love – what meaning we find in the world, in art, and in each other.

We are extremely excited to announce that Sarah Howe will be contributing one of her poems to the 2015-2016 issue of footnotes. Because of this, we'd like to challenge you to think about the important way in which dualisms continue to shape our lives, and whether or not there is a way to transcend them.

"Maybe holding back
is just another kind
of need. I am a blue
plum in the half-light. 
You are a tiger who
eats his own paws. 
The day we married
all the trees trembled
as if they were mad – 
be kind to me, you said."

Challenge: In 6 lines of poetry or less, meditate on a binary or an opposition that defines your life currently, or that remains extremely important in the imagination of the world today (e.g. the gender binary, the binary of light and dark). And get submitting – the deadline for footnotes is the 15th of May!