HE’S SO MASC
Named one of New Zealand Herald‘s Best Books of 2018
Named one of The Spinoff‘s 20 Best Poetry Books of 2018
“…a self-assured manifesto and statement on identity and a fully realised self… I absolutely adored this book.” – Charlotte Graham-McLay, Radio New Zealand
“…a real jewel box of sparkling verse.” – Marcus Hobson, New Zealand Booklovers
“Perhaps the best thing about He’s So MASC is that it feels utterly contemporary… Tse is writing about, and for, the present.” – Shanti Mathias, Salient
“It’s exciting to see a poet like Chris Tse entering the now-future of Aotearoa New Zealand poetry. About time too, I say.” – Vaughan Rapatahana, Landfall Review Online
“Tse presents himself ironically as a “self-loathing poet”… He is also Asian, gay and a lover (not to mention a bandleader, a figure in a selfie, a rock star, a king or queen, a hitman, a local celebrity and … Chris Tse). The number of proposed identities destroys the notion of a stable and circumscribed self.” – John Horrocks, NZ Books
“[An] edgy, sometimes hallucinogenic collection.” – David Starkey, Santa Barbara Independent
HOW TO BE DEAD IN A YEAR OF SNAKES
Winner of the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry (2016).
Shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards (Poetry).
“The themes of the book are hefty, rich and sometimes imposing… But these themes are made alluring by being couched in layers of craftsmanship, formal experimentation and a kind of kaleidoscopic poetic play. The result is curious and original…” – Lynley Edmeades, Landfall 230