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A Luxury We Must Afford

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A LUXURY WE MUST AFFORD: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SINGAPORE POETRY
edited by Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Cheryl Julia Lee
published by Math Paper Press

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What does the future of Singapore hold?

In 2015, the anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford commemorated 50 years of man-made myth — 50 years of mysteries and ministries, Marxists and memorandums, the Merlion and The Man — and whether the 1969 assertion that "poetry is a luxury we cannot afford" still held true in the 2010s.

But instead of looking back, this companion volume to the first looks forward to everything after SG50 and beyond. It is a collection of bold narratives of Singaporeans shaping their own future, a cornucopia of hyper-modern dreams of robots and aliens, yet also tales of muted despair at a future slipping out of touch with the past. But in this uncertain future, there is no longer any need to debate whether poetry is a luxury we cannot afford. In this island of oxymorons and contradictions, in this brave new world we look forward to — 

Poetry is a luxury we must afford.

- paperback with cover flaps: 168 pages
- product dimensions: 125 x 210 mm 

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