After You


poems by Cyril Wong
published by Math Paper Press


In a lasting marriage, one could still outlive the other. A poet gazes upon his older partner, pondering the inevitable. Panic, heartache, and a surprising sense of acceptance, interwoven with instances of joyful resilience, punctuate the ordinariness of their everyday lives and occupy these poems about same-sex love, death, and the fragile art of testimony.

“Imagining is reality, as demonstrated in Cyril Wong’s palpable poems about the larger-than-life presence of mortality in a relationship... Another real, lyrical, must-read book by an Orpheus.” 
 Mani Rao, Author of Bhagavad Gita: A Translation of the Poem

“Cyril Wong is... queer in the most exciting sense: wresting time away from the linearity of its inevitable end, and returning it to the mythic moment, the prophetic and the episodic. This is the poetry of gesture and music and pause.” 
 Lawrence Ypil, Author of The Highest Hiding Place

“This isn’t a love poetry of saccharine sweetness, of the accursed or of the cynic. Read it and you’ll surely be relieved of those blinders, but be forewarned and heartened, too, by Wong’s own confession: ‘I write first to see clearly / then lastly to blow out the flame.’” 
 Kevin Simmonds, Author of Mad for Meat

- paperback with cover flap: 56 pages
- product dimensions: 125 x 210 mm

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