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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Alba Mater
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  • Epigraph: 'While the blood flows from the blessed wound of Christ and the holy Virgin presses her virginal breast, the milk and blood spurt out and are mixed and become the Fountain of Life and the Spring of Well-being.' - Inscription in the little church of Brixen (Tyrol)
  • Epigraph: 'You are the exploding rose of my eyes I have nothing but third eyes.' - Philip Lamantia, Resurrections

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Over There : Poems from Singapore and Australia John Kinsella (editor), Alvin Pang (editor), Singapore : Ethos Books , 2008 Z1452759 2008 anthology poetry 'Curated by two of the foremost literary figures of their generation, the ground-breaking Singapore-Australia anthology of poetry brings together for the first time the contemporary work of the finest poets at work in Singapore and Australia today. The anthology will feature a fresh selection of established as well as previously unreleased work from writers such as Edwin Thumboo and Cyril Wong from Singapore, and Dorothy Porter and Kevin Hart from Australia. Over 20 writers from each territory will be featured, representing the diverse and interesting voices currently at play in both territories, and creating an ongoing discourse between the exciting literary cultures of the two Pacific neighbours. The anthology ranges across many themes: from an ever-shifting sense of cultural, urban and personal identity to place, politics, sex, religion and more, with clear resonances and connections bridging the two territories. The book will be made available in both territories, marking the first time that a major Singaporean literary anthology is released to the wider Australian market.' [Source: Publisher's press release at] Singapore : Ethos Books , 2008 pg. 74-75
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Otoliths no. 8 1 February 2008 8562900 2008 periodical issue 2008
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