Jessica Yuan MArch ’20 has been named the winner of the Airlie Prize with her poetry collection Slow Render, releasing April 2024. Teeming with maps and histories, journeys and landscapes, Yuan’s collection weaves together worlds with tender and incisive lyricism. Told in three parts, this book unveils as it journeys, slowly rendering into landscapes of childhood warped by memory. These poems wrestle with images of spatial order and disorder within the city, the planet, the home, and the body. From expansive world building sequences to the tight interiority of room sized sonnets, Yuan’s poems interrogate how our environments are imagined, constructed, represented, and lived in. With piercing and visceral language, Slow Render sings of longing and belonging in this stunning, unique collection.

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