New Village, The

by Wong Yoon Wah

New Village, The

Price:  US$14.40   (SGD20.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 227 pages
Published:  2012, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789810715984
SB#:  053233 (801)

About This Book

The poems in The New Village were written in 1996 and 1997 in Iowa City, the University of Wisconsin - where Wong did his doctorate - and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Wong's childhood and adolescence were spent in turbulent times: the Japanese Occupation and the Malayan Emergency, the armed struggle mounted by the MCP. Their histories generated a significant part of the substance of his poetry, organised under the six parts of The New Village. The poems depict life in Malaya's tropical rainforest and a British colony - whether a plant, prawn crackers, being issued with an Identity Card when he turned 12, or a hand grenade lying among fruits in a basket.

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