Some kind words:
Fish Bones is a kind of diary dedicated to love — to loving the hurt, unpredictable world, to loving others and one's own strange life. Gillian Sze's wide-ranging poems are both boldly honest and magical, modern and rooted in history. Their startling images and insights and their subtle music haunt the reader's mind for days.
Gillian Sze is a very good writer. Her voice is intimate and bold and sensual and wise. This is an exceptional debut.
Gillian Sze's debut poetry collection dazzled me ... it demonstrates an interesting range of attention and perception. The poetry is intelligent and playful in subject matter and observation. The poems are at once pared to the bones — pun intended — and wonderfully rich and sensual. They focus on the physical — particular concrete vivid things are chosen from among the infinitude of things that vie for the writer's attention but that she wisely leaves merely implied or altogether ignored.