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Object Permanance

Object Permanance


Selected by Cyril Wong as the winner of the 2020 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize.


An urgent debut demanding a reckoning with what it means to be healthy against a backdrop of widespread illness and violence.

At the heart of Nica Bengzon’s timely debut is a bold challenge to our understanding of health. Using the language of medicine and psychology, Bengzon probes for ironies and conflicts in these fields and their professed capacity to provide care through control and scientific truth.


A true interdisciplinary experiment, Object Permanence at once embraces and refuses the scientific method, repeatedly testing what it means to have hope amid grief, illness, violence, and

survival. Subtle yet potent, philosophical yet grounded, clinical yet intimate, Bengzon’s poems expose the limits of healing in its institutionalized and professionalized forms.

SKU: 978-0-9994514-3-4

    Nica Bengzon is a Filipino writer with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines. She lives in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines and teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University.


    Title: Object Permanance

    Author/editor: Nica Bengzon

    Publisher: Gaudy Boy

    ISBN: 978-0-9994514-3-4
    Book size: 140mmW x 216mmH

    Pages: 136

    Weight: 200gsm

    Year: 2021

    Language: English
    Finish: Paperback
    Genre: Poetry


    “The recurrent trope is of medical care—the deeper subject is a more urgent question about human care, compassion, sincere connection. Through subversions of scientific jargon, documentary voiceover, exegetical response, confessional lyric, even film criticism, the manuscript never lets up in showing that how we speak betrays who we are; the ways in which we depend on the practicalities of language expose limitations in how we may know ourselves and each other.”

    —CYRIL WONG, poet, Infinity Diary

    “Rooted tenaciously in the pleasure and the disquiet of the personal, Nica Bengzon’s debut collection explores the contact zones between science and poetry, the perceived and the believed, the rational and the lyrical. . . . This remarkable collection . . . aspires to transcend.”

    —J. NEIL C. GARCIA, poet and critic, Myth and Writing

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