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A spirited and confronting new poetry collection from one of New Zealand’s most notable voices. I’ve eaten the words you told me I couldn’t say. I’ve torn them from your hands with my savage teeth and shredded them, swallowed them, then spat them back out as an unapologetic F.U. I’ve eaten them all with chicken feet, fermented tofu and glossy black eggs raised from ash. I’ve let fire and water ruin your lucky days with their thoughtless ways. It’s the end of the world and Chris Tse has lost his chill. In Super Model Minority he completes a loose trilogy of books – from the historical racism of How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes to a queer coming of age in HE’S SOMASC – by looking to a future where ‘it’s enough to look up at a sky blushing red and see possibility’. Frommaking boys cry with the power of poetry to hitting back against microaggressions and sucker punches, these irreverent and tender poems dive head first into race and sexuality with rage and wit, while embracing everyday moments of joy to fortify the soul. Super Model Minority is a riotous walk through the highs and lows of modern life with one of New Zealand’s most audacious contemporary poets. Chris Tse Super Model Minority Chris Tse was born and raised in Lower Hutt. He studied English literature and film at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed anMA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Tse was one of three poets featured in AUP New Poets 4 (2011), and his work has appeared in publications in New Zealand and overseas. His first collection How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (2014) won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry, and his second book HE’S SOMASC was published to critical acclaim in 2018. He is co-editor of AUP’s Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+Writers from Aotearoa , published in 2021. 10 March 2022 165 x 210 mm, 104 pages Paperback, $24.99 ‘This collection by Chris Tse is like the glitter bomb that heralds the apocalypse.’ — Rose Lu Chris Tse

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