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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Painting Red Orchids
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'Eileen Chong’s new collection continues her exploration of the contemplative and the personal within subtly shifting contexts of food, love, history and culture. Lovers of her poetry will find much that is familiar and much that is new. Over the three volumes of work represented on this page the reader can map a transition from a precocious apprenticeship to a mature voice, through moments of light and happiness mixed with hints of grief and foreboding.

'As always her technical confidence and linguistic sophistication allow her to offer poems which appear simple on the surface, transparent enough to appreciate at a first reading and yet which contain depths and resonances which repay repeated attention and thought. Through this combination of beauty and depth, Eileen Chong commands a wide and devoted following.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pitt Street Poetry , 2016 .
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      • Launched by Anna Nicholson at Gleebooks in Sydney on Saturday 16th April 2016.
      ISBN: 9781922080660

Works about this Work

Sparse Versification and Delicately Restrained Language Stephanie Dunk , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July-September no. 23 2017;

— Review of Painting Red Orchids Eileen Chong , 2016 selected work poetry
Review Short: Eileen Chong’s Painting Red Orchids Ling Toong , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 May vol. 80 no. 2017;

'In his short story ‘A Little Ramble’, champion of the anti-heroic Robert Walser says, ‘We don’t need to see anything out of the ordinary. We already see so much’. In her third collection, Painting Red Orchids, Singaporean Australian Eileen Chong testifies to ordinary experience as the sensory and emotional kaleidoscope of the individual. These are the lyrical portraits of a perpetual itinerant, her introverted recordings of private joys, loneliness and fascination with solitary journeying through a rich inner world. Sensorial and intellectual curiosity abound in her peripatetic wanderings any place and any time: Sydney’s Chinatown, Parramatta, the seaside, the Australian goldfields, Tang dynasty China, a friend’s kitchen.' (Introduction)

Eileen Chong. Painting Red Orchids Dan Disney , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January - February vol. 91 no. 1 2017; (p. 86-87)
'Eileen Chong identifies writing as “an act of recovery, of piecing together, of recording, re-ordering and re-inventing.” In Painting Red Orchids, her third collection, the poet scans the stormy dissonance of places populated by particular emotional weathers, and this short book of lyrical investigation is a virtuosic performance of “questions fall[ing] like wet leaves” against, perhaps, the wet black boughs of turbulent experience.'
Geoff Page Reviews Painting Red Orchids by Eileen Chong Geoff Page , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of Painting Red Orchids Eileen Chong , 2016 selected work poetry
Geoff Page Reviews Painting Red Orchids by Eileen Chong Geoff Page , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of Painting Red Orchids Eileen Chong , 2016 selected work poetry
Sparse Versification and Delicately Restrained Language Stephanie Dunk , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , July-September no. 23 2017;

— Review of Painting Red Orchids Eileen Chong , 2016 selected work poetry
Eileen Chong. Painting Red Orchids Dan Disney , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , January - February vol. 91 no. 1 2017; (p. 86-87)
'Eileen Chong identifies writing as “an act of recovery, of piecing together, of recording, re-ordering and re-inventing.” In Painting Red Orchids, her third collection, the poet scans the stormy dissonance of places populated by particular emotional weathers, and this short book of lyrical investigation is a virtuosic performance of “questions fall[ing] like wet leaves” against, perhaps, the wet black boughs of turbulent experience.'
Review Short: Eileen Chong’s Painting Red Orchids Ling Toong , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 May vol. 80 no. 2017;

'In his short story ‘A Little Ramble’, champion of the anti-heroic Robert Walser says, ‘We don’t need to see anything out of the ordinary. We already see so much’. In her third collection, Painting Red Orchids, Singaporean Australian Eileen Chong testifies to ordinary experience as the sensory and emotional kaleidoscope of the individual. These are the lyrical portraits of a perpetual itinerant, her introverted recordings of private joys, loneliness and fascination with solitary journeying through a rich inner world. Sensorial and intellectual curiosity abound in her peripatetic wanderings any place and any time: Sydney’s Chinatown, Parramatta, the seaside, the Australian goldfields, Tang dynasty China, a friend’s kitchen.' (Introduction)

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