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Unapologetic, unafraid and unyielding, Alfian’s second collection of verse delves in greater depth the concerns in his first volume and moves into reclaiming our collective history and memory.

In mining our psyche, he casts light where whispers and shadows lurk. He draws inspiration from censored histories, subsumed myths and invokes imagined voices from the exiled, demandi
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Paperback, 88 pages
Published 2008 by Ethos Books (first published 2001)
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Ray Ong
Jul 28, 2012 Ray Ong rated it really liked it
seething with anger and sarcasm, Sa'at's second collection of poetry is laced with an undercurrent of bitterness. not so much for himself perhaps, but at the plight of the marginalized and prosecuted, including disgraced Singaporeans such as Chia Thye Poh and Josef Ng. The irony in the title is definitely not lost to the reader, and succinctly sums up his feelings towards the State.
Wynnie
Apr 13, 2010 Wynnie rated it really liked it
I am surprised that this book is listed on Goodreads. No Other City (An anthology of Urban Singapore) isn't. I like how Alfian Sa'at teases apart the darker side of multi-cultural urban Singapore. Themes such as apathy, shallowness and contrived national identity have been flogged to death many times over by many a Singaporean poets. Alfian Sa'at manages to address these issues and others without coming across as overbearing or stale.
Debbie
Jun 16, 2007 Debbie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kopitiam lovers, singapore-lit-lovers
hard-core singaporean-styled writings. intentionally heartlander stylistics, but so precise in its desires that it pierces like an arrow through the apple from the bow of robin hood. dare i say that it will win your singapore-shy heart if you even mildly shun to defend your country.
Didi
Aug 11, 2012 Didi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Can't sleep, finished reading this at 3.30am. Second time reading this; first being the time I bought it, back in 2003. Sheesh! Nearly a decade ago. Think I like it better this time round, or maybe it's just the insomnia talking ;)
Sabrina Loh
Nov 14, 2013 Sabrina Loh rated it really liked it
A daring poetry collection, one that touches on race, the private life, national identity, etc.; and all in a lyrical, dramatic voice that is also charged with philosophical and political insight.
Sara
Jun 15, 2007 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
One of the best local poetry collection I've come across.
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