Monday, January 14, 2008

Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia

I arrived home today and found my five copies of the anthology. It looks like a good read. 49 poets from Australia and 25 from Singapore. It's probably not as clear-cut as the numbers suggest, as the case of Miriam Wei Wei Lo indicates. A solo bridge between the two sections, she was born in Canada, grew up in Singapore, and now lives in Margaret River, Western Australia. Boey Kim Cheng, who has settled in Australia, appears in the Singapore section. I'm surprised Singaporean Alfian Saat is not in it. Whose decision, I wonder. Missing from the Australian section are the very few poets I know: Les Murray, A. D. Hope. More new names to savor.

2 comments:

Alvin Pang said...

Alfian: simply did not respond to multiple requests for contributions.

/shrug

Jee Leong Koh said...

Thanks for explaining, Alvin.