When Marylyn Tan published her debut poetry collection Gaze Back, she received this glowing endorsement from her mother: “Eh, not very nice to write like that.”
Gaze Back is not in the least “nice”. Tan, 25, writes about women, bodies and sexuality with unflinching frankness. She re-imagines Jesus as a teenage girl who “finds walking on water easier/ than walking home alone at night”. She discusses the shaving of armpits.