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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
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Paperback, 108 pages
Published 2006 by Firstfruits Publications
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Fiona
Apr 16, 2013 Fiona rated it really liked it
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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.
Tania Rozario
Oct 11, 2013 Tania Rozario rated it it was amazing
I am re-reading this book for the hundredth time and it remains one of my favourite books of poetry. I wish I could give it more than five stars. Damn you, Goodreads! Why are you limiting my love!
Chin Jian Xiong
Jan 17, 2017 Chin Jian Xiong rated it it was ok
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Heat – +? (Descriptive with some symbology, but seems superfluous in areas)
Practical Aim – +? (Interesting premise but too much in the middle)
That Day – ++ (Okay dream poem but suffers from the smallness of dream poems)
The Object of Loss – +? (Feels as though some of the intro verses could be cut as well as melodrama in the second part)
Seventh Month – ++ (Doesn’t overstay its welcome that much but also rather standard theme)
For Pope John Paull II – ++
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Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of a dozen collections of poetry, including Unmarked Treasure (2004), Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (2007), The Dictator's Eyebrow (2013), After You (2014) and The Lover’s Inventory (2015). His novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza (2013), and short story collection, Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories (2014), ...more
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