by Yeng Pway Ngon
transcreators: Judith Huang and Goh Beng Choo
Poems 4 [Resurgence] is a selection of Yeng Pway Ngon’s works published between 1990 and 2003. Marking a period of renewed innovation and creativity since the poems collected in Self-exile, these works showcase Yeng’s trademark sardonic tone, now with an even stronger dose of off-kilter surrealism. This volume also documents innovations in form, with experiments in prose poems, poems inspired by classical Chinese poetry as well as a strong, dominant vein of lyric poetry. They offer glimpses into the frenetic pace of life in an ever-changing city, as well as the deeper constancy and intimacy of mature love.
About the Author
Born in 1947, Yeng Pway Ngon is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic who has published 24 volumes of poetry, essays, fiction, plays and literary criticism in the Chinese language. He has been translated into English, Malay and Dutch.
A recipient of Singapore’s 2003 Cultural Medallion for Literature, Yeng was one of the signature modern poets of Malaya in the 1960s, and was editor and publisher of two literary magazines, Teahouse in the 1980s and Encounter in the 1990s. In 2000 he was a Fellow of the Taipei International Writers-in-Residence program organised by the Cultural Bureau of Taipei. His novel A Man Like Me won a National Book Development's Book Award in 1988. He continued to work quietly away from the spotlight for more than a decade but emerged again with a novel Tumult which won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2004. His latest novel Trivialities About Me and Myself was named by Yazhou Zhoukan [Asiaweek magazine] as one of the Ten Best Chinese Novels in the World for 2006; it also received the Singapore Literature Prize in 2008.
The titles in this series include:
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm