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by Alvin Pang

About the Author

Alvin Pang (1972) was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council, Singapore. His poetry collections, Testing The Silence (1997) and City of Rain (2003) were both listed in the Straits Times’ Top Ten Books of the Year. His work has been featured in ”Atlanta Review” (USA), ”English Review” (UK), ”SALT” (Australia), ”Paper Tiger” (Australia), “Slope” (USA), ”Quarterly Literary Review Singapore”. He was editor or co-editor of the volumes: No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000), Love Gathers All: A Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry (2002), Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia (2008, in collaboration with the poet John Kinsella), all published by Ethos Books in Singapore. In 2008 his work appeared in the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. Pang was a founding director of The Literary Centre (Singapore) and Wordfeast 2004, Singapore’s first international poetry festival.


“One of Singapore’s most visible poets, Pang grows with each book. In his poems we hear a voice unhurried, confident, and capable of carrying diverse humors, and read a rhetoric shaded to ironies, surprising us with glimpses of contemporary experience that affirm yet mock, celebrate and unsettle. His poetry adds a rich and complex presence to the critical mass of urban literature now fully emergent from Singapore. His poems, at once recognizably national and international in reach, offer a fresh edgy energy to this tradition.”
- Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, 1992 and author of Joss and Gold

“With City of Rain, Alvin has undoubtedly filled the shoes of Billy Collins for the Singaporean literary scene. Rooted enthusiastically in our local, urban context, Alvin outdoes even the American Poet Laureate himself in terms of the flashiness of his imagery and the sheer range of ideas skillfully displayed in so many of his poems.”
- Cyril Wong, author of Let Me Tell You Something About That Night and The Dictator's Eyebrow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

(Please note that this book no longer comes with the rain jacket, sorry!)

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ISBN: 978-981-08-4731-9 (paperback) / 978-981-14-1211-0 (e-book)
Published: 2010

Dimension: 120mm x 200mm
Extent: 100
Finish: Paperback



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