Grace Yee

Grace Yee is a poet, writer and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work has appeared in Overland, Meanjin, Southerly, Westerly, Rabbit, Cordite Poetry Review, The Shanghai Literary Review, Women's Museum of California, Hecate, Hainamana, and Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, among others. In 2020, Grace was awarded the Patricia Hackett Prize, and the Peter Steele Poetry Award. She is currently a Creative Fellow at the State Library Victoria, where she is working on a collection of poems that engage with the histories of early Chinese settlers in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

A Special Starch: Poems by Grace Yee

‘A Special Starch’ is an excerpt from a collection that engages with stories told by – and about – early settler Chinese Australians and their descendants, with a particular focus on those who settled in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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my father was not a gardener

but he was a handsome widespreading form descended from a long-lived drought-resistant species. every night he out-walked the doughnut boys “fuckin’ asians!” out in the street in their revved-up ford cortinas. walking, he knew, was good for surveying the lie …

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