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Testing The Silence

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by Alvin Pang

*Do note that the books are not in mint condition (yellowed pages). 


In Pang's first collection of poetry, he draws inspiration from everyday events to highlight the familiar silences that seem laden with meanings and yet cannot be articulated easily with words. In attempting to define the boundaries, Pang shapes these silences into existence to bring forth an awareness to allow us to start to realise the meanings of these voids and the power of language.

Always able to pick the right word, he uses language to poetise, celebrate, affirm and confront the mundane. There is also a constant sense of his engagement with the environment when reading his verses, a feeling of always being on the brink of re-discovering life’s experiences.

Testing The Silence is a triumph of poetic endeavour and a powerful assertion of what poetry can do.

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.


"Alvin's poetry dives into our souls while connecting to the everyday. Loved this collection."
- Anne Marie, who gave a 5-star rating on Goodreads

"Here, poetry is a sounding board, a cry into the darkness, a wait for the echo. Words about words and sounds. Fishing, rain, space."
- Guang Tse on Goodreads

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ISBN: 981-00-9538-4
Published: 1997
Dimension: 120mm x 220mm
Extent: 84
Finish: Paperback



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