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Postscripts from a City Burning

By Sam Cheuk

How does one write a preemptive eulogy for their hometown, a transient metropolis arriving at its last stop? Composed over a span of three months, Postscripts from a City Burning reassembles the embers left behind by the 2019 Hong Kong protests (and ultimately failed coup), weaving ... Read more

Salt in My Life

By Lien Chao

A sense of poetic and textual fluidity permeates this collection?embracing natural sounds such as heartbeats, electronic beeps, explosive thunderstorms, splashing raindrops, audible stillness, and eternal silence, as well as musical sounds and songs. The author uses different ... Read more

seas move away

By Joanne Leow

Meditating on exile, loss, diaspora, authoritarian law, and altered ecologies, Joanne Leow's debut collection spans from the would-be Eden of hyper-planned and surveilled Singapore to an uneasy settling in the Canadian Prairies, seeking answers to the question of what is lost ... Read more

The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak

By Grace Lau

The poems in The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak explore the many identities, both visible and invisible, that a body contains. With influences from pop culture, the Bible, tech, and Hong-Kongese history, these pieces reflect and reveal how the stories of immigrants in ... Read more

The Long Holiday

By Christian Kako

Throughout the book, Christian Kako expresses the idea that we are born now because it's in the middle of a bell curve spread out over the whole of human history on which all births can be imaginarily tabulated. Pandemics and viral causes were given short shrift in comparison ... Read more

Then There Were No Witnesses

Translated by Ahilan
By Ahilan

Translated from Tamil into English by Geetha Sukumaran. In recent times, Tamil poetry from Sri Lanka has taken a new turn, serving as a countermemory--a witness to torture, loss, trauma, and exile. Ahilan gives us a unique voice and style, in which he expresses the trauma of ... Read more

Time Between, The

By Patria Rivera

In The Time Between, poems burrow deep inside rusty rooms, the brachiated hearts of sleepless women, the anguish pounding the fault lines of monsoons and long rains, the sheets of ancient wound and anger, the littered and abandoned alleyways of shell-shocked hamlets and towns. ... Read more

To Love the Coming End

By Leanne Dunic

In To Love the Coming End, a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and 'the curse of 11' reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. A lyric travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, this debut from Leanne Dunic captures ... Read more

Wilting Laughter

Translated by Chelva Kanaganayakam
By V.I.S. Jayapalan & V.I.S. Jayapalan

This collection brings together seventy-five poems by three renowned contemporary Tamil poets, whose works stand at the forefront of modern Tamil poetry. All three poets have experienced the pain and dislocation of recent Sri Lankan violence, the rupture of traditional life ... Read more