Ars Poetica for the Day by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Ars Poetica for the Day by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Ars Poetica for the Day

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by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

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Lim’s poems are penetrating accounts of a life lived as a poet devoted to her art.

About the Poet

Shirley Geok-lin Lim was born in Malacca, Malaysia. She is an American writer of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Her first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula (1980), won her the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, a first both for an Asian and for a woman.

Among several other awards that she has received, her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, won the 1997 American Book Award. She is now Research Professor in the English Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


“With an almost buoyant gaiety of mind and senses, an exuberant playfulness of language, the poems in Ars Poetica for the Day constitute a bold, arresting act of poetic remaking, rediscovering and rearming what Wordsworth calls ‘the hiding places of the imagination.”
Boey Kim Cheng, poet and author of a memoir, Between Stations

“The poems collected here are highly self-reflexive, penetrating accounts of a life lived as a poet, devoted to that art with its attendant pleasures and especially its pains. Yet for all the staggering range of learned allusion . . . and the brilliant word-play, it is the affective power of the poems, especially those that deal so honestly with aging, that will stay with you to the end. Shirley Lim’s Ars Poetica for the Day is a remarkable achievement.”
– Donald Goellnicht, McMaster University

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ISBN: 978-981-09-5922-7
Published: 2015
Dimension: 120mm x 200mm
Extent: 104
Finish: Paperback



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