The Centrifuge Brain Project

The Centrifuge Brain Project

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The winner of the 3rd Annual TW Chapbook Contest, Ting Gou’s sophomore chapbook, The Centrifuge Brain Project, draws parallels from the German film of the same name, whilst simultaneously explicating the growth process of youth and from the desire for a better place in life. Covers come in magenta or cyan trim.

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In this stunning new chapbook, The Centrifuge Brain Project, the masterful poet Ting Gou communes with the absurd details contained in the 2011 German film by the same name, while creating heart-wrenching and highly personal portraits of children in various stages of disappointment and loss. An early poem states, “Didn’t we know enough of hunger to be our parents,” and this theme reappears throughout the work. The Centrifuge Brain Project shows the perseverance of family and the fears and sacrifices of loved ones: “This we have in common with our parents: // the cold night sky.”

-Patricia Colleen Murphy, Author of Bully Love

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About the author


Ting Gou is a third-year psychiatry resident in Houston with an M.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in molecular biology from Princeton. Her first chapbook, The Other House (Blue Lyra Press 2017), explored her memories of a childhood home. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Best of the Net, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. She received a work-study scholarship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2017