Stanford Cheung

Stanford Cheung is a Toronto writer, poet and concert pianist. He is currently pursuing advanced music studies at the University of Toronto. His third chapbook, Comfort of Malice, will be published by Inspiritus Press in Toronto. Baltimore micro-press Akinoga Press will publish his first full-length collection, Structures from the Still, in 2018

Poetry (Chapbook)

Any Seam or Needlework

Brooklyn, NY: Operating System, 2016.
Cover art: Quilt Drawing #12 by Daphne Taylor.
(Chapbook Series 2016: Of Sound Mind)

Publisher’s Synopsis

Inspired from the folk tune of the English ballad “Scarborough Fair,” where the third line of the stanza adopts the title of the collection, “Any Seam or Needlework” burns fiercely on a canvas to be nothing, yet nothing to be everything. Similar to a bronze gramophone record stuck on replay, each typographic confession sings naked on the podium for more unknown dissections. Though the first glance onto the page may be subtle with their canon at play, we begin to form a literary study on the relationships between the poet’s conscience and the mentality of the poem itself. Some say it’s as if the whole sentence becomes alive with each glance, or what’s worse, an ode to phonetic cult.

Poetry (Chapbook)

Kite Tension

Toronto: Words(on)pages Press, 2017.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Tinkering with the parameters of language and form, the poems in Kite Extension chart a patterned quilt of dreams, presenting dichotomies between the confessional present metonymy of everyday life against the apertures of a soundscape memory of the past. Through these two modes of existence, the speaker tries to find some rite of middle ground where he can make sense of the past and present being one unit. Kite Extension, with an air of paradoxical relevance, is the tapping between cosmic perspective and evacuated nature–what the poet calls “an unresolved trilogy on my sleeves.”


Stanford Cheung’s personal website

Publisher Akinoga Press

Publisher Inspiritus Press

Publisher The Operating System

Publisher Words(on)pages Press