Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The City as a Pastoral Poem
I have three poems in Mascara, which take Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Elizabeth Bishop as their point of departure. The first two "In His Other House" and "The Hospital Lift" are set in Singapore, one in an imaginary city, the other in a real one from the past, and so possibly just as imaginary. The third poem "The Bowl" is set in New York City. The city is my pastoral poem. Mascara, edited by Michelle Cahill, is "particularly interested in the work of contemporary Asian, Australian and Indigenous writers."