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  • Amanda Choy

    Hello! Have You Eaten?

    $22.00

    "This journey of mine welcomes you to slow down and stop for a moment to digest the purpose of food and eating. To me, food is a catalyst for human connection. Memories of my late grandpa buying delectable food for my mother to her observations of my late grandma cooking in the kitchen are memories that are forever etched in my heart. These stories are connected to me and will be passed on as legacies in their own right.  This journey is less about the food per se but rather the togetherness,...

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  • Jocelyn Lau

    Hello, Baby

    $16.00

    What does a first-time mother with a newborn baby perpetually latched on to her do? Why, write poems in her head, of course. Faced with memorable moments that often outpaced her own needs, including sleep, Jocelyn Lau decided it was imperative to put them down on paper and share them. Beautifully illustrated in colour by Lydia Yang, Hello, Baby is a tribute to brand new life – both the newborn’s as well as the new parents’.Paperback: 76 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810751012...

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  • Crispin Rodrigues

    How Now Blown Crow

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    How Now Blown Crow is a sequence of poems which follows the relationship between two divorcees starting a new life together after their respective marriages have failed. Between ghosts of past loves, quotidian domestic and natural spaces, states of sleep and wakefulness, and the desire for rootedness and migration, the collection spans several decades from youth into old age. How Now Blown Crow is a poetry collection about sustaining a relationship in spite of the dubious nature of love. Hard...

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  • Ang Shuang

    How To Live With Yourself

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    We are currently accepting pre-orders for this title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled by mid-March 2022. Click here to find out more about when your pre-order will ship. This collection is an exploration of the various meanings that ‘living with yourself’ can entail. How do you come to terms with your own failings? How do you live on your own, both literally and figuratively? And above all, how do you cohabit a body with a self that you cannot always understand? In this debu...

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  • Tse Hao Guang

    hyperlinkage

    $10.00

    hyperlinkage is an experiment with a central hypothesis: that words can connect disparate points of view, plural experiences, multifarious crystallisations of the imagination. Each poem contains an image that recurs in the next; between different poems, different links are uncovered. But what holds them all together? In a hyperlink age, we must engage in hyper linkage. We are more interconnected but also more distrustful of universality. The last poem both loops back to the first and projects...

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  • Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

    I Didn't Know Mani Was A Conceptualist

    $16.00

    Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 “This collection of poetry by interdisciplinary artist Desmond Kon is an invitation to ‘jump into the spray like raindance’ – between musings on philosophy, speech acts and language play, the poet performs the role of conteur, archivist, marionette.... Kon offers eleven ways of looking at a square, a fable, and a republic. What does the world represent for you? he asks in earnest. These prose vignettes are clever and defy categories. They contain ...

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  • Wesley Leon Aroozoo

    I Want To Go Home

    $19.00

    On the 11th of March, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her. Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. Of unlikely friendships across borders and languages; to share a man’s loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife. The novel's feature fil...

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  • Leow Yangfa

    I Will Survive

    $19.00

    What is it like to be gay and experience bullying in school or National Service? How do you deal with being rejected by your family and religious group because of your sexual orientation? How are women's experiences different or similar to men's? What does one go through in an abusive same-sex relationship, or when one loses a partner to suicide? What does a transgender man or woman go through in Singapore? When you have been diagnosed with a life-long illness, how do you continue living? Thi...

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  • Andrea Yew

    In These Curved Spaces

    $16.00

    Our memories are not entirely ours, each is a patch handed to us, shaped with hands that are both ours and not. Together, they form a patchwork quilt we drape to give us the shape of who we are. But what about the memories that have been lost through time, circumstance? If memories anchor who we are, what do we do with these gaps? Do we make up our own stories in its wake? Plug the gaps from the scraps of a memory? What does that say about us? In These Curved Spaces explores the relationship...

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  • Marie Ee and Joy Chee

    Inheritance: An Anthology

    $19.00

    Inheritance: An Anthology is a collection of Singapore poetry that questions the concept of home. It searches for meaning in the quiet and personal, but also in the broader narrative of our history. Where do we come from, and what does that make us? How do our origins change the way we live, and the way we relate to one another? Featuring a diverse group of poets and subjects, the anthology whispers tales of tenderness, melancholy and the complicated nature of love.Paperback: 75 PagesProduct ...

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  • Felix Yeo

    Just Another Day In Paradise

    $20.00

    The photographs in this book were taken by my late brother, Felix, between 2013 and early 2017. Felix was very passionate in photographing Singaporeans going about their daily lives. Despite his exhausting 12-hour shift at the data centre, he would capture these scenes on his way home from work or on his off-days. Rarely was he seen without his camera when he left home. Within a fraction of a second, Felix’s style of capturing Singaporeans was consistently candid. He never interacted with the...

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  • Tan Lixin

    Keeping Skeletons

    $16.00

    Keeping Skeletons is about the fight to let dreams stay alive and to remain true to oneself in a place where oppression is rife. It is an exploration of one's attempts to save what will be lost or stolen, to keep memories of what we hold dear.Paperback: 62 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810754679Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Alvin Mark Tan

    La Kopi

    $29.00

    Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in Singapore. But how many of us know what it takes to brew a cuppa? Full-time artist Alvin Mark Tan returns from Italy and rediscovers the coffee culture here through oils, inks, watercolours and videos. In his first sketchbook brew dedicated to his hometown, he plunges into the coffee scene to see how it has percolated throughout the island.Hardback: 87 PagesProduct Dimensions: 155 x 220 mmISBN: 9789811402258Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Cyril Wong

    Like A Seed With Its Singular Purpose

    $16.00

    Language, art, religion, disaster, death, murder, adultery, and love, all come under the poet's attention as he continues to mine the rewarding  contradictions and frustrations of a broader existence. The final sequence is a series of lyrical propositions starting with "if".Paperback: 76 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811173196Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Jason Erik Lundberg

    LONTAR #01

    $25.00

    This premiere issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam. Inside these pages, you'll find: • a post-apocalyptic Manila from Kate Osias • a utopian Kuala Lumpur from Zen Cho • a haunting military excursion down the Yellow River from Elka Ray Nguyen • a young Laotian journalist's place in the sensationalist future of news reporting from award-winner Paolo Bacigalupi • speculative poetry from Chris Mooney-Singh, An...

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  • Jason Erik Lundberg

    LONTAR #02

    $25.00

    This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Inside these pages, you'll find: • a metamorphic love story near the Korean DMZ from award-winner E.C. Myers; • a brand new supernatural crime tale from bestselling author John Burdett; • a cautionary tale about Singaporean elitism from Tiffany Tsao; • an examination of the illusory facets of love from Victor Fernando R. Ocampo; • a haunting and beautiful evocation of ...

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  • Troy Chin

    LOTI #1

    $9.90

    The world around you can appear bigger than it really is if you're seven going on eight. Or maybe, it just is! Join Shuwen and his friends as they embark on the big adventure of Primary 2. Volume 1 includes all 300 strips from the first term and two new chapters not found online.Paperback: 200 PagesProduct Dimensions: 150 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811168680Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Ng Yi-Sheng

    Loud Poems For A Very Obliging Audience

    $16.00

    This book is a compilation of some of Ng Yi-Sheng's best spoken word pieces — songs, diatribes and phantasmagorias — created for assorted poetry slams, readings and theatrical events between the years 1999 and 2016. Dealing with issues of politics, history, cultural identity and queer sexuality, these works show the writer at his most fearless, opinionated and dramatic — a complement to the subtler but similarly imaginative poems of his first collection of poetry, last boy. Paperback: 128 Pag...

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  • Clara Chow

    Lousy Love Poems

    $10.00

    “In Chinese, I am always 16,” observes Clara Chow in her debut poetry collection. These poems written in Chinese – and the author’s own English translation – are an experiment in bilingualism: How am I a different person in a different language? Simple, direct and heart-felt, this book is an attempt to connect with a fictional beloved, a love letter to a mother tongue, and a reclamation of a dormant self. 多情的人与多情的城相遇擦出了火花,而《几首烂情诗》诞生了。谁说情诗必须有对象?《几首烂情诗》是赵燕芬的第一本双语诗集,以一双带着童真浪漫的眼睛给平凡的世界添上了颜色。 Pap...

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  • Pooja Nansi

    Love Is An Empty Barstool

    $16.00

    The poems in this collection are best read with a glass of single malt but they work equally well in a quiet place at twilight. Test on a small area first – especially if you are in possession of a broken (or breaking) heart and see your bartender immediately if side effects persist. Paperback: 45 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810777166 Published by Math Paper Press

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  • O Thiam Chin

    Love, Or Something Like Love

    $22.00

    A woman reminded of her past through the acts of her grandson. A band of swordsmen on a failed mission. The forbidden love of Zheng He, the great Chinese Admiral. A young daughter forming a strange bond with her deceased father’s cat. Presenting ten stories in his fifth collection, O Thiam Chin plumbs the joy and despair, hopes and fears of men and women caught up by their past and confounded by lost loves. Taut, dark and visceral, these stories reveal, once again, the mysteries that lie in t...

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  • BooksActually

    Lunch Time With Pico

    $15.00

    Illustrated by Shu Meet Pico, everyone's cat best friend! She spends her days snuggling with hoomanz, getting belly rubs, watching the world from the window and dreaming about food. For Pico, it is always meal o'clock. Join Pico during lunch time with fun adventures and interactive cat-tastic activities! Haven't got enough of our cats? Join us in this three part series of our resident cats, Cake, Pico and Lemon, showcasing their daily life judging hoomanz, craving for food and being the real ...

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    MeowsActually Book Set

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    Illustrated by Shu Cake is one of a kind – the one that is more judgemental than you. Cake has all the hoomanz wrapped around his paws, as you will be mesmerised by his ocean blue eyes. Join Cake as he has 'fun' during play time with fun adventures and interactive cat-tastic activities! Meet Pico, everyone's cat best friend! She spends her days snuggling with hoomanz, getting belly rubs, watching the world from the window and dreaming about food. For Pico, it is always meal o'clock. Join Pico...

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  • Clara Chow

    Modern Myths

    $19.00

    Medea is an expat wife. Orpheus is a club DJ. And Prometheus sells charsiew in Toa Payoh. Figures from Greek mythology take up residence in contemporary Singapore in this collection of stories that explores the pain and dilemma of modern living. What happens when you are doomed to repeat your actions over and over? Or have to remake your decisions, knowing that times have changed? What if struggling makes the divine human, and the human divine? Steve Jobs and Ulysses ride motorcycles together...

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  • Grace Chia

    Mother Of All Questions

    $16.00

    Mother of All Questions is Grace Chia's third poetry collection about womanhood exploring what home means, how personal identities intersect and the meaning of life by examining domestic psychodrama, childhood innocence, gendered rebellion and the intimate dynamics of love, desire and loss. In Chia's lyrical and elegiac poetry, she makes putty of the female body's vast and richly textured landscape to mould stories of sentiment and the sensuous into callused and tender truths.Paperback: 89 Pa...

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  • Ishak bin Ahamad

    My Kampong Sketches

    $29.00

    My Kampong Sketches comprises Ishak’s reminiscences of the kampong he grew up in. Preserved in the form of black-and-white sketches, his childhood memories include now-iconic images of night-soil workers hauling the buckets to a waiting vehicle; a fishmonger smoking opium and enjoying music from his ‘Rediffusion’ set; and children riding their tricycles in the village. Through this sketchbook, Ishak wishes to share his brand of nostalgia not only with people who have been familiar with the ka...

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  • Melissa Powers and Rena Minegishi

    My Lot Is A Sky

    $19.00

    My Lot is a Sky is an anthology of poetry by Asian women. Named after a poem by Forough Farrokhzad, an influential Iranian writer and filmmaker, this collection provides a space for long-underrepresented voices to express themselves. Curated by Melissa Powers and Rena Minegishi, this book is not for those seeking work on what it specifically means to be an Asian woman today. You’ll find that the poetry within these pages is, really, about what it means to be human.Paperback: 58 PagesProduct D...

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  • BooksActually

    Nap Time With Lemon

    $15.00

    Illustrated by Shu Easy peasy Lemon squeezy, but our resident cat, Lemon, is not an easy one. A feisty monster who loves sunshine, scratching posts, her hoomanz and naps. Join Lemon during her nap time with fun adventures and interactive cat-tastic activities! Haven't got enough of our cats? Join us in this three part series of our resident cats, Cake, Pico and Lemon, showcasing their daily life judging hoomanz, craving for food and being the real bosses of BooksActually. Hardback: 48 PagesPr...

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  • Audrey Chin

    Nine Cuts

    $22.00

    Audrey Chin writes to share her world, imaginary and otherwise. In this anthology, she offers the beating hearts of a cannibal picking up a ghoul at Tekka market, a Vietnamese–American grieving in Alaska, an HDB cleaner’s love for her brother and his 4D-predicting dragon fish, a District 10 teenager coming to grips with her Catholic grandfather’s legacy... Poignant slices of heart — tender, done and spoiled.Paperback: 102 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 200 mmISBN: 9789810957087Published by Ma...

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  • Krishna Udayasankar

    Objects Of Affection

    $16.00

    Everyday objects surround us, the unconditional keepers of confessions and secrets. They are with us in those private moments when we think we are alone, perhaps in an abandoned stairwell or an empty lift, as we adjust our clothes, check ourselves in the mirror, scratch an itch or allow ourselves a sigh or a sob. What if those inanimate witnesses to silent thought and hidden emotion had stories to tell – Of love, betrayal and hope? Paperback: 77 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789...

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  • Mayo Martin

    Occupational Hazards

    $16.00

    An art critic musing in the loo. An emperor obsessed with immortality. A caped superhero with unknown powers. The 'strange compulsions' of these and other unusual characters are revealed in Occupational Hazards, a selection of poems by Mayo Martin that are funny and absurd, tender and sombre, and always bristling with the restless energy of the curious.Paperback: 86 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810773137Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Cyril Wong

    Oneiros

    $16.00

    Cyril Wong's eighth collection hurls the reader into a private dream world; these dreams explore the finitude of the self, recasting the poet's past and shaping the future or daring to mine its dangerous potential. Paperback: 68 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811173202Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Crispin Rodrigues

    Pantomime

    $16.00

    Pantomime is a homily for the weary social actor, seeking a place of shelter. These poems meander through the performative in society, sieving through letters, anthems and declarations to find the ramshackle hut at the end of the road. Come, stranger, and walk with me. Paperback: 54 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811173226Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Vinita Ramani Mohan

    Parvathi Dreams About His Sex

    $10.00

    It begins with the realisation that she’s been praying to a phallic symbol. But no one explains to Pavarthi why she has otherwise been raised in a sexless and deeply religious community. Nor does sex come easy, not even with the one person she wants to be with. So she heads off on a road trip, determined to explore the stories and the mythology she was raised with – to get answers. Determination though, is the last thing that gets her what she wants and the gods teasingly unveil themselves wh...

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  • Gaston Ng

    Patchwork And Cigarettes

    $16.00

    Gaston Ng’s first collection of poems pushes emotional boundaries in its reflections on the death of a parent, the implications of grief and moving on for a young Singaporean’s adult life. These urban lyrics navigate through both an external and internalised cityscape, offering lessons on what it means to grow up and form relationships that are, at best, tentative, yet full of lessons about the art of loneliness.Paperback: 68 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810783495Published b...

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  • Jee Leong Koh

    Payday Loans

    $16.00

    Warning: in 2006 the Singapore government banned the reading of Koh’s poem “Come on, straight boy, and make gay love with me.” That poem is now available, with 29 other sonnets, in a beautiful new edition by Math Paper Press, which includes an interview with Jee Leong Koh, and a new preface by Joshua Ip. Don’t read this book if you do not wish to have sex with your sex. Don’t read this book if you do.Paperback: 82 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810778712Published by Math Paper...

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  • Johann S. Lee

    Peculiar Chris

    $19.00

    “...God knows when it all began but I know for a fact that it didn’t begin with Samuel. Just as I don’t believe in beginnings, I don’t believe in an end, and this is one of the reasons why I managed to survive Samuel’s death...” Funny, poignant, but always honest and thought-provoking, Peculiar Chris is a simple story about complex feelings. About coming of age. About love. About life and death. With subtlety, lucidity and quiet courage, Johann S. Lee weaves an intricate fabric of thoughts a...

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  • Ng Su-Jin

    Phenomenon No. II: An Analysis By X

    $50.00

    Phenomenon No. II is a scientific hypothesis about the circumstances surrounding the life of Pao, a wedge-head carrot. The scientific analysis is put forth by a character named X, who, one year after sighting the revelation in the form of a giant yellow orb, attempts to decipher Phenomenon No. II o R B, referencing Quantum Mechanics, the EPR paradox and parallel universes as he does so.PaperbackProduct Dimensions: 189 x 290 mmPublished by Math Paper Press

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  • BooksActually

    Play Time With Cake

    $15.00

    Illustrated by Shu Cake is one of a kind – the one that is more judgemental than you. Cake has all the hoomanz wrapped around his paws, as you will be mesmerised by his ocean blue eyes. Join Cake as he has 'fun' during play time with fun adventures and interactive cat-tastic activities! Haven't got enough of our cats? Join us in this three part series of our resident cats, Cake, Pico and Lemon, showcasing their daily life judging hoomanz, craving for food and being the real bosses of BooksAct...

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  • Topaz Winters

    poems for the sound of the sky before thunder

    $16.00

    poems for the sound of the sky before thunder is a collection that tiptoes the infinitely blurred lines between hurting, hoping & healing. It speaks of sleepless nights & softened tongues, telling a story of dreaming & bone-bright & out of focus in the rain. These poems are only as much for losing as they are for finding, only as much for despair as they are for the light scattered within it, only as much for leaving as they are for finally coming home.Paperback: 49 PagesProdu...

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  • Amanda Chong

    Professions

    $16.00

    At the very start of us, I foresawevery possible ending. Professions is a poet’s directory of heartbreak. The backbone of this collection is a cycle of fractured relationships, where professional preoccupations tear lovers apart as distrust and incomprehension brew. Set against this are glimpses of indestructible intimacy — between a mother, a granddaughter, and a friend. Amanda Chong’s poems observe the doomed practice of the heart: solitary experiences, never fully nor mutually understood u...

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  • Amanda Chong

    Professions (1st Edition)

    $25.00

    At the very start of us, I foresawevery possible ending. Professions is a poet's directory of heartbreak. The backbone of this collection is a cycle of fractured relationships, where professional preoccupations tear lovers apart as distrust and incomprehension brew. Set against this are glimpses of indestructible intimacy — between a mother, a granddaughter, and a friend. Amanda Chong's poems observe the doomed practice of the heart: solitary experiences, never fully nor mutually understood u...

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  • Mahita Vas

    Rain Tree

    $24.00

    When Ani is forcibly married, her dreams of becoming a teacher are shattered. Employed as a servant at Rain Tree, a colonial home, she indulges in English novels in her spare time. When Ani is widowed soon after, she befriends her Chinese colleagues who shield her from her bigoted mistress. Ani learns that her husband has left her a horrifying debt, one she must keep secret to safeguard her job and dignity. Falling in love with a house guest brings temporary respite. And ramifications — Ani b...

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  • Clarissa Goenawan

    Rainbirds

    $22.00

    Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan's dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man's path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister's murder. Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko’s, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo ...

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  • Stephanie Chan

    Roadkill For Beginners

    $16.00

    Roadkill for Beginners is Stephanie Chan’s first collection of poetry. It’s part scrapbook of love letters to places, part field guide to the people in them. It’s a messy celebration of open mics, bonfires, and poetry stages around the world, the connections that grow up around them and the adventures that happen after. It explores desire, moving, belonging, and everything in between. It’s got apocalyptic hawker centres, magical night bus rides, and hungry turkey vultures. It’s about growing ...

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  • Cyril Wong

    Satori Blues

    $10.00

    Cyril Wong’s longest and only Zen-inspired poem to date, Satori Blues is a response to writings by teachers of Buddhism and post-Buddhist philosophies. Composed as a stream of thought—at times epigrammatic, philosophical, fragmented, even exclamatory—the poem has been described by The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English as ‘a sustained meditation that recalls turn-of-the- century Geoffrey Hill in its intricately patterned probing.’Paperback: 48 PagesProduct Dimensions: 110 x 180 mmIS...

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  • Jerrold Yam

    Scattered Vertebrae

    $16.00

    Is love born from duty, misplaced ideas of nobility or the thirst for dependence? Jerrold Yam's second poetry collection confronts the very act of creation, wrestling it from family, religion and sexuality—a triptych of forces that bears as much a promise for redemption as a capacity for cruelty and hurt. This is our game, guessing the worth of things to find every answer lacking.Paperback: 119 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810730604Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Ai Wei Foo

    Semi Private Life In Helsinki: Autumn

    $24.00

    Semi Private Life in Helsinki is a visual journal in four parts. It documents the every-other-day life of artist Aiwei Foo, during her years in Finland. This journal is also part of her on-going series The Beaming Girl.Paperback: 95 pagesProduct Dimensions: 190 x 245 mm Published by Math Paper Press

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