A Lover's Soliloquy

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A Lover's Soliloquy is Eddie Tay's second volume of poetry. His debut collection, Remnants, featured acclaimned adaptations of three Classical Chinese Poets, and renditions of mythic and colonial Malayan history.

About the Author

Eddie Tay is author of three collections of poetry, Remnants, A Lover’s Soliloquy and The Mental Life of Cities, and has been invited to various international festivals. He is from Singapore and is currently teaching creative writing and poetry at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a Reviews Editor for the Asian literary journal, Cha.



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“A sustained, deeply resonant meditation on love, love lost, and spiritual conflict, the title piece is a unique juxtaposition of emotional and religious tensions seldom explored together within a long poem - a testament to poetry's capacity to comfort and illuminate.”
– Cyril Wong, author of Let Me Tell You Something About That Night and The Dictator's Eyebrow

“With his gallant updates of Li Shang-yin's elusive poetry... Eddie Tay presents a bold attempt to transcend history and culture.” – Clarence Tsui, South China Morning Post

“Eddie Tay delves deep into the poems of Li Shang-yin and returns with jewels of glittering imagery. Somehow this very talented poet seems to bring the very perfumes of T'ang boudoirs to our nostrils... When more literal translations of these poems are gauged against Tay's extremely free 'versions', the former will be found wanting. Bravo!” – JP Seaton, Translator, Critic, and Poet

“Tay's three different faces - the lover, the classical Chinese Poet, and the self in the city - maintain a distinctive voice of direct passion and energy, yet with economy, elegance, and reticence. This will be an important book.” – Pauline Burton, Poet and Critic


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