This multiple award-winning collection explores multilingualism, psychoanalysis and cultural history from a queer, feminist and diasporic perspective. Written over five years, it offers a complex, extended and multi-layered creative investigation. Flèche is an offensive technique used in fencing, a sport of Chan’s young adult years. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as vulnerable and weaponised, evoking the difficulties of reconciling one’s need for safety alongside the desire to fully embrace the world. Central to the collection is the figure of the poet’s mother whose fragmented memories of political turmoil in twentieth-century China are synthesised in an eight-part sequence.