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“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

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“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

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How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

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How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

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The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

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The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

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New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

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New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

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That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not

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That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not

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Speaking Silently to Silence

Review of Yeo Wei Wei’s These Foolish Things (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Deven Philbrick   The current cultural moment in American letters is marked by, among many other things, a peculiar treatment of the short story. Whereas novels are

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Speaking Silently to Silence

Review of Yeo Wei Wei’s These Foolish Things (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Deven Philbrick   The current cultural moment in American letters is marked by, among many other things, a peculiar treatment of the short story. Whereas novels are

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Difficulties Are Fires

Review of Jinat Rehana Begum’s First Fires (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Lily Piao   First Fires is a debut novel by Jinat Rehana Begum that is rich, complex, and beautifully written. It unfolds through different voices and intertwining timelines,

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Difficulties Are Fires

Review of Jinat Rehana Begum’s First Fires (Singapore: Ethos Books, 2015) by Lily Piao   First Fires is a debut novel by Jinat Rehana Begum that is rich, complex, and beautifully written. It unfolds through different voices and intertwining timelines,