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City of Rain

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  4 reviews
“One of Singapore’s most visible poets, Pang grows with each book. In his poems we hear a voice unhurried, confident, and capable of carrying diverse humors, and read a rhetoric shaded to ironies, surprising us with glimpses of contemporary experience that affirm yet mock, celebrate and unsettle. His poetry adds a rich and complex presence to the critical mass of urban lit ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 100 pages
Published 2010 by Ethos Books (first published 2003)
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Sharifah Ainna
I really liked this volume. Remembered picking it up while I was visiting Singapore again and started reading it while I was on the MRT. Read 'UPGRADING' and started laughing. Couldn't help myself. Poetry can sometimes be quite heavy but Pang has a way with words and this piece was quite funny.

Sample lines:
I want a bedroom so capacious I can park a Jaguar in it.

Two Jaguars. I want it large enough to be a local oddity, a tourist
attraction, the subject of awe and envy, a heritage site.

So hug
Poems I loved: New Eyes and Knowing! :)
Yihui Yeo
Never read local writers before this. Picked this up because some of the poems I flicked through were pretty, had these very nice phrases I thought would spark something in my head. It was an alright read; can't give more than three stars though, probably because I have a very strong preference for prose. Poetry gives me a woozy feeling in my head, one I can't decide if I like or not.
Sabrina Loh
Alvin Pang makes poetry look so easy! A smooth ride through each poem takes us to urban locations ripe with passing profundity and flashy, philosophical insights.
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Alvin PANG (b. 1972, Singapore) is a poet, writer, editor, anthologist, and translator. Working primarily in English, his poetry has been translated into over fifteen languages, and he has appeared in major festivals and anthologies worldwide.

A Fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2002), his publications include Testing the Silence (1997), City of Rain (2003), What Gi
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