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Mingled Voices: Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology 2016Mingled Voices: Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology 2016 by Bickley, Gillian; Verner Bickley (Eds.)

Mingled Voices is an anthology of poetry selected from the poems which were entered in the inaugural annual international competition for the Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) in 2016. Poems could be submitted on any subject or topic chosen by each poet or on the subject chosen for 2016, "The Environment". There was a free choice of form and style. Included in the anthology are the poems that won the first, second, and third prizes. With the poets' brief biographies, photo portraits, and commentaries on their poems.

Over The Years: Selected Collected Poems 1972-2015Over The Years: Selected Collected Poems 1972-2015 by Bickley, Gillian

The poems collected in this volume have been selected from the author's five previously published collections.

Hk HollowHk Hollow by Dragos Ilca

HK Hollow begins as a simple love story - love lost and love found - that records its bizarre elements in a matter-of-fact kind of way. Carina and Guy are a young couple from Prague, studying in Amsterdam, who find themselves even more estranged when Guy leaves to spend a semester in Hong Kong. There, he meets Ling Fei-yan, a Chinese literature student. It doesn't take long for Guy to notice how much she reminds him of Carina - and to start liking her.

Bliss Of BewildermentBliss Of Bewilderment by Bunzel, Birgit

Bliss of Bewilderment is Dr Birgit Bunzel's second collection of poetry.

Possession: A RomancePossession: A Romance by Byatt, A. S.

The novel traces a pair of young academics - Roland Michell and Maud Bailey - as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.

State Of Emergency: A NovelState Of Emergency: A Novel by Tiang, Jeremy

Siew Li leaves her husband and children in Tiong Bahru to fight for freedom in the jungles of Malaya. Decades later, a Malaysian journalist returns to her homeland to uncover the truth of a massacre committed during the Emergency. And in Singapore, Siew Li's niece Stella finds herself accused of being a Marxist conspirator. Jeremy Tiang's debut novel dives into the tumultuous days of leftist movements and political detentions in Singapore and Malaysia. It follows an extended family from the 1940s to the present day as they navigate the choppy political currents of the region. What happens when the things that divide us also bind us together?

Brain Graft: A Play By Laura SolomonBrain Graft: A Play By Laura Solomon by Solomon, Laura

Brain Graft centres around Isobella, who works at a publishing firm and is diagnosed with a brain tumour. She finds a surgeon to remove her tumour and decides to have a brain implant - that is, a segment of brain to fill the space in her brain created by the tumour removal. The segment is donated by another woman, Tracey. After the transplant, Isobella begins to take on characteristics of Tracey's personality. Isobella's boyfriend, Tarquin, is horrified by this. Isobella begins a slow but steady slide down the socio-economic ladder, losing her job and sitting around the flat all day. Tracey's trajectory is the opposite. She takes a job cleaning at a hospital, where she meets David, a nurse, who encourages her to study for a nursing diploma. Tracey lands a job as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital, which is where, in the final scene, she crosses paths with Isobella who has been dumped there by an exasperated Tarquin. David has, by this time, dumped Tracey, claiming that he loved her only because he was seeing the world through rose-tinted spectacles due to the anti-depressants he was on. The two women decide to become lesbian lovers.

Valmiki: The RamayanaValmiki: The Ramayana by Sattar, Ashia (Tr.)

One of India's two greatest epics, The Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at same time engaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience.

Decameron, TheDecameron, The by Boccaccio, Giovanni

Ten young Florentines flee the Black Death of 1348 by escaping to a country villa overlooking the city. There they spend ten days telling each other one hundred stories. Their stories run the gamut of medieval genres-romance, tragedy, comedy and farce-and are rich with wit, earthiness and even bawdy irreverence. Boccaccio's reputation as one of the world's greatest authors rests entirely on this singular, overflowing work. A tribute to the essential power of storytelling and laughter, even in the most trying times, The Decameron has been a source and inspiration for countless other storytellers over the centuries.

Homer: The OdysseyHomer: The Odyssey by Fagles, Robert (Tr.)

Here, one of the great modern translators presents us with The Odyssey, Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the 'man of twists and turns' meets the challenges of the sea-god Poseidon, and monsters ranging from the many-headed Scylla to the cannibalistic Cyclops Polyphemus - only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife Penelope's suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom.

Surrogate ProtocolSurrogate Protocol by Tham Cheng-E

A man of many names and identities. Landon Lock has lived many lifetimes, but his memory spans only days. Because Landon is no ordinary barista. Danger brews as Landon struggles to piece reality together through the fog of amnesia. A mysterious organisation bent on hunting him down, a man called John who claims to be a friend and women from Landon's past who have come to haunt him. As the organisation closes in on Landon, he finds himself being increasingly backed into a corner. Battling his unreliable memory, Landon is forced to decide who he can trust.

Lontar #8: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative FictionLontar #8: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik Et Al (Eds.)

This eighth issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand. In this issue you will find: fishing for mermaids in the Mekong River by Alyssa Wong; a tense and otherworldly ancestral homecoming by Michael Janairo; a rebellion against inevitable eugenics by Clara Chow; snapshots of the fantastic in the mundane by Wilfred Cabrera; and speculative poetry by Tilde Acu?a, Bernise Carolino, Judith Huang, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Christina Sng, Sharlene Teo and David Wong Hsien Ming.

Humeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And WisdomHumeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And Wisdom by Carrim, Sabah

Humeirah - A story about Beauty, Existence and Wisdom Humeirah is the story of a woman who faces the silence and the void amid the noise and clamor of a close knit society. Intelligent, reflective, and a keen-observer of the disharmony and hypocrisy of the people who surround her, she is on the constant lookout for something deeper and more sincere. Instead, she faces the incongruences with which society deals with the beautiful and provocative Sana; or even her own husband Haider, whom society reveres for reasons that don't make sense. A certain distance sets in between Humeirah and her daughter Warissah, as the former fears that getting close to her daughter would mean passing on the flaws and defects that society has labeled her with. Humeirah is an introspective story of a woman born on the island of Mauritius. It is also about the Kutchi Mehmans who live on that island; their arrogance and their sense of superiority over all other Indian-Muslim immigrants.

Semi-ApesSemi-Apes by Carrim, Sabah

Semi-apes is a story celebrating life and death, homogeneity and diversity, belief and disbelief. It is told from Heera's perspective as she comments on the pursuits of people who surround her, and how they struggle with that against their own psychological make-up. Heera takes us to the darkest corners of Alif's life, the oppression and injustice that she endures; Khosrow uncle's experiences, and his struggle in finding meaning to life; and Layla aunty who is juggled between her psychiatrists and a disloyal husband. But Heera is not only an observer. Like others, she displays her own inconsistencies, her prejudices, and her misgivings. In the end, Semi-apes is about everybody's attempt to be unique and different, to strive to lead better lives, and in the process, by the working of an arbitrary law, succeed and lose at times, and lose and succeed at others.

Song Of The Sun GodSong Of The Sun God by Chandran, Shankari

In a time of upheaval, can Nala keep her family together? The capital city - a little boy watches a monk wrap himself in flames… A village in Jaffna - a little girl is bursting with life…Nala and Ranjan are on the brink of an exciting future. They will meet, marry and fall in love. They will set up house and have children. They will map out their future together, but destiny has other plans for them. Will they survive? This is a deeply moving saga spanning three continents and three generations. Lush physical details and an emotional recounting of events as they relentlessly unfold, reveal a heart-wrenching story of family, love, laughter, sorrow and new beginnings.

Abuse Suxxx!!! And Other PlaysAbuse Suxxx!!! And Other Plays by Sharma, Haresh

Featuring five plays by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, created over a span of two decades, Abuse Suxxx! and Other Plays is an audacious collection that casts a spotlight on LGBT lives and issues explored in The Necessary Stage's productions. Yet these plays go beyond being simply out, loud and proud. Rather, they deal with a range of topics and advocate tolerance and acceptance of difference in our midst.

Portrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, APortrait Of Singapore Malay Poetry, A by Isa Kamari; Abdul Rahman (Trans.)

In addition to celebrating the intellectual tradition of a past generation of Singaporean Malay thinkers, social and cultural activists, this series provides unique insights and perspectives into the lived-experience and collective memories of the Malay community in Singapore. This is the English translation of Isa Kamari's Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura, which features the works of 44 Singapore Malay poets, from the post-independence era to the present, and shows how the historical context, community and the individuality of the poet have given poetry written by Singaporean Malay writers its own distinctive identity.

HaikukuHaikuku by Gwee Li Sui

This volume could well be subtitled the social history of Singapore in 120 haiku. There are haiku about MRT breakdown, rat infestation, haze, 377A, hungry ghosts and cavorting community cats. There are also those of matters of socio-political import: 2011 GE, population management, personal data protection, leadership renewal and compassionate meritocracy. Gwee adds to his army haiku that won prizes from the SAF with others of a military theme in Purple Light and Tekong diarrhea. Then there are newsy haiku reporting on NIMBY, the royal visit, that Holland V bank robbery plus The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. He does not forget the newsmakers either - the otters, the Little India Riot hero, A-Mei, Subhas Anandan, Phey Yew Kok, Joseph Schooling and that si geena who shall not be named. Also remembered is our dear Ah Kong in a pair of death anniversary haiku, and a sad one about the empty parade chair. There are haiku about our places we love, the hawker centre, cenotaph, kopitiam, Sungei Road, Singapore River…. This is book of haiku, backed by a nation-wide haiku writing contest, for every Singaporean - kuku or not.

Manek Mischiefs: Of Patriarchs, Playboys And ParamoursManek Mischiefs: Of Patriarchs, Playboys And Paramours by Lee Su Kim

After Kebaya Tales and Sarong Secrets comes a rich, gutsy collection of short stories immersing the reader into the vivid, multi-hued world of the Peranakans. Here, the babas take centre stage: masculine perspectives, voices and protagonists are put under the spotlight, even as fiery and headstrong heroines pursue their passions in the face of powerful obstacles. The cast of characters seek to forge individual identities within a unique cultural heritage facing the challenges of modern times. The stories are accented with photographs peppered throughout - of exquisite beadwork, bejewelled adornments, vintage fabrics, gilded artefacts from private collections,personal belongings of the babas, and of course, twinkling, manek-encrusted accessories.

Inspired By Love: Love Is A Dictionary Full Of EverythingInspired By Love: Love Is A Dictionary Full Of Everything by Leong, Sharlene

Sharlene believes that words are the timeless beauties; they tell a thousand stories, deliver your purpose, speak the heart and build character. The play and interaction of words amuse her, hence the power of words is her love. She wrote "inspired by love" where words morph around the ideology of love. Sharing love stories and experiences that are expressed through poems and artworks. She also includes personal quotes and thoughts to allow one to pause, ponder and relate to.