Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang (1972, Singapore) was Singapore’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2005, and received the Singapore Youth Award for Arts and Culture in 2007. A poet, editor and translator, he is a Fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program and a board member of the International Poetry Studies Institute. His writing has been published in more than twenty languages worldwide, including Swedish, Macedonian, Croatian and Slovene. His most recent book is WHAT HAPPENED: Poems 1997-2017 (Math Paper Press).


We consciously eschewed the substantial but well-represented body of Singaporean poetry originally written in English, and instead sought out voices from Tamil, Malay, Chinese and more which have not been as well circulated in the anglophone literary world.

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Suburbia: Jurong East

Decentred centre. Regional hubnobbed, notquite heartland, more ribcaged iron lung of the body politc; working protein; a thigh muscle: hardly missioncritical, although would be missed. Or else re-placed.  Swath of brownsites, postswamped, timestubbed, grassrooted and faraway from tua por: no bigshored rickshawed …

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Nori Nakagami’s ‘Dragon’s Egg’

A dragon lives in your heart. It coils around the man you love. It protects him. It will never release him, not until he meets his end. In time it will birth the world and everything that lives. This world …

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