Occupational Hazards


poems by Mayo Martin
published by Math Paper Press


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.

"Mayo Martin's poems range from cartoonish, filmic, surreal affairs to naked moments of sympathetic insight, even shocks of sudden sadness. What holds them perfectly together is the poet's indiosyncratic sense of empathy, ever-present already in his journalism, that is strategically tempered by his laconic voice and intriguingly double-edged humour."

— Cyril Wong, author of Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light

"Often informed by culture, history and topical concerns, Mayo's poetry is startling in its seeming simplicity, wry humour and surrealistic flair."

 Yong Shu Hoong, poet and Singapore Literature Prize winner

- paperback with cover flap: 86 pages
- product dimensions: 125 x 210 mm

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