Chris Mooney-Singh

Chris Mooney-Singh divides his time between Melbourne, India and Singapore where he is the founder of The Writers Centre, Singapore. Two of his plays have been produced, as well as short fiction and three collections of poetry, the last being The Bearded Chameleon (2011) set in Northern India. Mooney-Singh has also recently completed his PhD (Monash) on the poetry of Harold Stewart as well as a verse novel Foreign Madam and the White Yogi commended in the Victorian Premier Literature Awards 2015 (unpublished MS category).

Kyoto Haibun

(In Memory of Harold Stewart)           They say great blessings wait in the temple of a thousand goddesses. But on entering, the gold arms and faces of mercy statues stare with a penetrating purity that scares hungry ghosts out of your …

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Chris Mooney-Singh Reviews S.K. Kelen

On the way back from the Frankston Motor Registry, my Singapore-born nephew, now the proud possessor of his P-plates, drove confidently and in a celebratory mood. I was happy that learner had turned ‘chauffeur’ so that I could revert to one of the idle contentment of life – reading aloud from a new collection of poems without pressing interruptions. I decided to try out The Poem Relevancy Test with a couple of random pieces. In his early twenties and now at university, this post-modern Everyman communicates mostly through text message and is one of the vast majority of non-poetry readers. Thus, Island Earth: New and Selected Poems became the tome for some stick-the-finger-in-the-page bibliomancy while we motored through death-camp quiet suburbia.

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