Some kind words:
Quiet Night Think is a stunning work. Gillian Sze has "the acrobatic ear" and a generous mind. To be a mother, a daughter, a writer, a self - through reflection and poetry, essay and remembrance, these fragile threads carry one another in profound, transporting ways. I know I will return to this extraordinary book again and again.
—MADELEINE THIEN, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
In Quiet Night Think Gillian Sze both explains and reenacts the piercing clarity of the poets that came before her, and bore her. She carries on their boldness in these spare, elegant pieces: bold because spareness brings with it the great risk of misunderstanding. But it also holds within it an enormous amount of trust and goodwill, that the reader can and will breathe into the gaps, and fill them with knowing. This is an act of love, and readers will be grateful for Sze's beautifully brave work.
—THEA LIM, author of An Ocean of Minutes
Quiet Night Think by Gillian Sze is a collection of finely observed poems and invitingly associative essays, in which Sze muses on language, translation, and individual words, across English, Mandarin, and her family's dialect, Hokkien.
Throughout the book, in poetry and prose, Sze deals with the process of loss - whether in the process of translation or in the move from one life stage to another - and finds that losing something can also mean gaining something new.
—QUILL & QUIRE
Sze draws on emotion-imbued imagery from nature, daily observations and intellectual investigations, punctuated by intimate, often heart-rending glimmers that captivate all the way to the book's end.
—MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS
Quiet Night Think is the result of Sze's attempt to capture the belly of her life on the page; an attempt to see, like the parting of a curtain, what is illuminated and what lives in the dark. It is a beautiful exploration of form and identity - of disappointment, of appreciation, of language. Of the everyday moments that offer absolute grandeur, if we would simply look longer.
[Quiet Night Think] fulfills the promise implied by the title, offering a deeply moving exploration of the writer's relationship with Li Bai's work, Chinese literature, and the ideas of home and nostalgia. The book also delves into so much more: it's a nuanced and multi-layered reflection on origins, poetic craft, and the creative process, explored through and alongside topics like heritage, nature, and motherhood.