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Like A Seed with its Singular Purpose

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As with his earlier collections, Cyril Wong continues to document the contradictions and frustrations of a common existence with unwavering courage. Language, art, religion, death, and love all come under the poet's unflinching gaze. This country has never known a more lyrical and emotionally charged poetic voice.

"Cyril Wong's poems, clear as water, open our way for wonder
Paperback, 108 pages
Published 2006 by Firstfruits Publications
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I remember seeing Cyril Wong read these poems at the Sydney Writer's Festival in 2007, it was utterly mesmerising. He has such a beautiful turn of phrase and a unique manner of description that you feel you're fully in another world when reading these poems, his world. The final poem if...else is a wonderful finish to this collection, reverberating with phrases reminiscent of Holzer's truisms but with more heart and soul, desire and longing.
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CYRIL WONG has been called Singapore's first confessional poet. Author of nine volumes of poetry and a collection of strange tales, his poems are known for their "lyrical intensity" and for "training an almost anthropologically curious eye on the laws and customs of his own family: their strange taciturn ways, their gnomic references to disappointment and guilt, and their penchant for self-delusio ...more
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