Asian Canadian Photopoetics describes the self-conscious epistemological interplay between photographs and Fred Wah’s “prose-poem sentences,” a process that graphically unfolds “around” the photographs in Sentenced to Light (2008). Wah’s photopoetics, influenced by Roy Kiyooka and racialized Asian Canadian contexts, are primarily marked by figures of ellipsis and extrapolation. These photopoetic tactics support “a poetics of the hyphen, another tool in the resistance to closure that sustains the dynamics of ‘betweenness’.”
SaulJoanne. “Auto-hyphen-ethno-hyphen-graphy: Fred Wah’s Creative-Critical Writing.” In Asian Canadian Writing: Beyond Autoethnography edited by TyEleanor and VerduynCristl133–49. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2008.
See Joanne Saul“Auto-hyphen”134. Saul’s essay on autoethnography focuses on Diamond Grill his essay collection Faking It and Wah’s “Me Too” photo-text intervention and dialogue with Roy Kiyooka. “Me Too” is collected in Sentenced to Light.