Beast at Every Threshold



A formidable collection of poems that deconstructs the notion of "otherness" through folklore and myth.

An unflinching shapeshifter, Beast at Every Threshold dances between familial hauntings and cultural histories, intimate hungers and broader griefs. Memories become malleable, pop culture provides a backdrop to glittery queer love, and folklore speaks back as a radical tool of survival. With unapologetic precision, Natalie Wee unravels constructs of "otherness" and names language our most familiar weapon, illuminating the intersections of queerness, diaspora, and loss with obsessive, inexhaustible ferocity – and in resurrecting the self rendered a site of violence, makes visible the "Beast at Every Threshold. "

Beguiling and deeply imagined, Wee’s poems explore thresholds of marginality, queerness, immigration, nationhood, and reinvention of the self through myth.


Natalie Wee

Natalie Wee is a queer creator. In addition to Beast at Every Threshold, she is the author of Our Bodies and Other Fine Machines (special edition, San Press, 2021). Her work was named first runner-up for the 2020 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize, winner of the 2019 Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest for poetry, and a Best of the Net finalist. Born in Singapore to Malaysian parents, Natalie is currently a settler in Tkaronto and was part of Project 40 Collective, a Tkaronto-based pan-Asian artist community. She currently edits for Climate Justice Toronto and offers free editorial services for writers of colour. Learn more at
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


In Defence of My Roommate’s Dog 1 $0.10


Rina Sawayama Sings “I Wanna Be Where You Are” – Inside Joke – Bordersong – “Can You Speak English?” – Field Notes: Time Travel – Asami … 38 $3.80


Wei Ying Tells Me about Resurrection – Instructions for a Transmutation Circle – Immigrant Aubade – Phoning Home to Tell My Grandmother I Survived a Hate Crime – Asami … 41 $4.10