My Published Work
Bee | Tea | Full
I write be-
-cause I love see-
-ing the world as one
body of words we
write on the fly:
Poeticising Chat: Rambling Poets at Café Cyber II
A second collection of poems in conversation from 11 poets around the world.
Rambling Poets at Café Cyber: Poetic Conversations
A collection of poems in conversation from 7 poets around the world.
Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia
Edited by Rebekah Chan, Gregg Schroeder, Jenn Chan Lyman, Quenntis Ashby, Amanda Webster
Poetry and fiction, memoir and lyrical essay: Afterness showcases the perspectives of 65 writers whose lives are based in or touch upon Asia; all are graduates of the City University of Hong Kong Master of Fine Arts programme, started by author Xu Xi in 2010 and closed by the university after five years to the highly-publicized dismay of the international literary community. The anthology is a university-funded legacy project for the programme unveiled at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.
More on Afterness can be found at www.facebook.com/AfternessAnthology.
- Poem for the Left Hand (p.24)
- Bear Weds Rabbit: An Ukiyo-e Fable (pp.34-35)
Door-to-Door II: A collection of closet poems and prose
Edited by Quenntis Ashby, Karla Delgado, and Blaire Reeve
I was the Poetry Editor. I ‘specifically’ asked for submissions of: Poetry using “rooftop language” (whatever that means to you) – any style/form is fine.
All submissions were published without specific attribution, creating a brief anonymity within each genre.
- Two Facets of Five Facts (pp.25-26)
- Sudoku Variations (pp.52-53)
Door-to-Door: A collection of 31 (snapped shut) closet poems
Edited by Quenntis Ashby
Marilyn Chin inadvertently sparked off the idea for Door-to-door when she observed in passing, “Every writer’s got a few closet poems rattling around.” A ‘closet poet’ is a writer who hides poetry in the closet claiming, “I don’t write poetry,” when the truth is more likely, “I do write poems, but… shhh!”
I asked for submissions of: Anything about doors, closets, exits, entrances, traveling, The Doors, whatever you interpret door-to-door to mean.
- The Lonely Door (p.4)
- At Dan Ryan’s (p.18)
into the desert of breaking things without pause for concern
Quenntis – post-apocalyptic prayer and warning message for those haunted and taunted by their casual disregard of our beautiful, wee, blue planet, of its structures – physical, natural, political and economical – i.e a call to all of us. This is reminiscent of P.D.James’s ‘Children of Men’ (I loved that book and the movie) – it’s ‘Children of Men’ on the moon, if you like, and what might come next. Clever and entertaining.
ThunkBook One: Thunk you’ve seen it all?
…Quenntis Ashby, a multifaceted performer-writer currently based in Greater Taichung… contributes two unnerving items…
The Lake of Swans
‘The Lake of Swans’ by Quenntis Ashby is, as you might guess, reminiscent of the story of Swan Lake. It’s also no surprise that the author is also a dancer. It is a terrible, brutal tale. The pain of the main character reflects a dancer’s painfully broken body. There is the idealisation of the ballerina character and her objectification. There is pain, fear, torture and death. The powerless woman is then the victim of a bungled rescue. Beauty is a curse and death is a release. There is no happy ending, but there is escape. This is a bleak reflection and reworking of a traditional tale. It is beautifully written and very disturbing.