Do You Live In?


These poems are related to Lim’s travels, and her having lived in various lands, including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

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“Most at home in the English language, whose ‘word trails’ Shirley Lim uses forcefully, imagistically and politically as her key to universals in the human psyche... a multiple expatriate, a contemporary global citizen home in both western societies and the Nyonya world of her birth, but also uncertain whether home is anywhere, her poems encompass a span of time and space, reaching back into customs, clothes and different modes of behaviour, her quick intelligence always seeking and testing values to live by.” —Dennis Haskell, author of 6 collections of poetry, including Acts of Defiance: New and Selected Poems, and 14 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism, and recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry

“From crossing the peninsula to crisscrossing the continents Shirley Lim presents to us a collection of poems that transport us with her to spaces, senses and sensibilities she occupies and transforms for her readers: sweetmeats, spices, sambals, sundals, sweat, sun, smartphones, shopping, satire scrapbook, schoolchildren, struggle ... Shirley Lim's poems in her own words are: "today's poems/ to color/ the blank fabric/ we fly/ tomorrow. A splendid addition to her oeuvre.” —Malachi Edwin Vethamani, Professor of Modern English Literature, School of English, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

“At times gentle and playful, and at times angry and sorrowful, Lim's poems provide a powerful meditation on the politics of contemporary Hong Kong.” —Tammy Ho, author of Hula-hooping and editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal


Shirley Geok-lin Lim