miranda zhen-yao van-boswell







Thank you—

To my parents, Thomas Boswell and Margaret May Fung Van. To my brother Marco Zhen-Ji Van-Boswell. 飲水思源.

To my mentors: Ali Van, Pippi Zornosa, Xander Marro, and Diana Khoi Nguyen.

For their conversation, support and friendship: Nico Vela Page, Lina Berón Echavarria, Galadriel Brady, Keri Brooks, Maya Singh, Gia Page Soles, Noa Mori Machover, Rue Sakayama, Adam Daesen, Paula Pacheco Soto, Mai Dao Micol Striuli, Camila Arbalaez Sola, Flo Li and Hera Ford.

To RaMell, for being a haven and making anything feel possible.



In recognition of writers and artists that have influenced me and what has been borrowed:

Tiffany Sia’s Too Salty Too Wet and in particular her line “Hong Kong will be the first postmodern city to die.”

“All land has a perfect memory” borrows its title from Toni Morisson’s line “all water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was” in her essay The Site of Memory.

“Enemies gather softly in the clouds, cumulus” borrows its title from Jane Wong’s How to Not Be Afraid of Everything.

The title “Servant of sadness” is from a line in Maggie Nelson’s Bluets.

“Fish are abundant, yet the nets rest, full of shadow” is from Anne Carson’s Nox.

Diana Khoi Nguyen and her poetry collection Ghost Of. This acknowledgment is indebted to the template she provided in her own.

On Kawara, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Maggie Nelson, Anna Atkins, Terrance Hayes, Sun Yung Shin, Jane Wong, June Jordan, Olivia Laing, Gwendolyn Knight, and Agnès Varda.

To those whose work I’ve drawn on unconsciously and am thus unable to honor here, thank you.