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In Transparent Strangers, the city is more than steel and glass: it is also a landscape where emotion is as much architecture as it is part of human experience. With subjects ranging from burial sites to Taiwanese dramas, this debut collection of poems meditates on the distance we must cross with words to make the everyday unfamiliar again; if only to understand ourselves ...more
Paperback, 79 pages
Published 2012 by Math Paper Press
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Most of the poetry would be better if they were structured as very short prose. I felt that the use of enjambment was excessive and unjustified. I enjoyed the short prose much more. There were two poems which I thought were okay, but in general did not enjoy this book. Finished reading to see what I did not like, so that I could actively avoid these when writing my own poetry.
Loh Guan Liang is the author of the poetry collection Transparent Strangers (Math Paper Press, 2012) and the co-translator of Art Studio, originally written in Chinese by Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon. He has had poems featured in various publications, including Crack the Spine (US), Kin Poetry Journal (US), Mascara Literary Review (Australia), Quarterly Literary Review Sin ...more