Launch of Eddie Tay’s The Mental Life of Cities at Poetry OutLoud

Venue: Fringe Club
Date: 3 Nov 2010 (Wed)
Time: 8pm
Akin Jeje will MC – if you’d like to read in the open mic section, please email us at poetryoutloud@gmail.com

About The Mental Life of Cities
This collection is a meditation on the modern city and the creative life. The bilingual poems featured here are inspired by the ways in which the English and the Chinese languages intertwine and take root in the Asian cities of Hong Kong and Singapore.
Such a thick forest of words
we’re passing through –
is it possible to read from cover to cover?
The leaves are trembling in these hands,
waiting for a city to happen.
Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long time resident of Hong Kong. He is an assistant professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, an online journal based in Hong Kong. This is his third collection of poetry.
Praise for Tay’s previous work:
One finds … many powerful and surprising effects …”
—Wong Phui Nam in The Straits Times, Singapore
… his poems are economical, full of evocative detail, and both ironic
and impassioned at one and the same time. I read them over and over
again.” —Bradley Winterton in The Taipei Times
… a balance of definition and lyricism.”

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