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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 After the Fire : New and Selected Poems
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The poems in After The Fire explore the themes of migration and settlement, tracking how the Chinese migrant negotiates issues of home and identity, and the liminal spaces between past and future, between the country of birth and the adopted country. They offer insights into the cultural, linguistic and literary adjustments the migrant has to make, revealing an evolving sense of self and place. They also uncover narratives linking Australia and Singapore, and provide new mappings of being simultaneously Asian and Australian. [From Trove record]

Contents

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Firstfruits , 2006 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
After the Firei"The man at the crematorium", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Kelongi"My father hands me over the sampan's dipping bow", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 18-20)
Placenamesi"So late in his life", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 21)
Her Handsi"I loved her hands, gnarled,", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 22-25)
Remediesi"In childhood the doctor was kept at bay;", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 26-27)
Lost Poemi"You wrote a poem once, your hand", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 28)
Consulatei"Consulate was the brand he smoked,", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 29)
Missing Snapshoti"In a missing photograph you were on a boat", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 30)
Prodigali"When I made the flight back", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 31)
Plum Blossom or Quong Tart at the QVBi"Stroke by laboured stroke my daughter", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 32-35)
Beari"My daughter's teddy bear,", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 36-37)
Stamp Collectingi"Starting with Australia, she slides the stamps", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 38-39)
Beslani"The thin twirled candles neatly planted", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 40-41)
Disappearedi"It happens that friends drop out of your life;", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 42)
Bird-Watcher : in Memory of Pamela Talboti"The skies scrubbed clean of birds since you left.", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 43-44)
Taizé : in Memory of Brother Rogeri"That week in Taizé", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 45-48)
Bodhgayai"Vague Buddhists in uncomprehending ways,", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 49-55)
Benaresi"The water summons him to the one place on the ghats", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 56)
Quiet Now : Bill Evans 1929-1980i"Tracks, broken up the arm, notes", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 57-58)
Slieve Leaguei"Mist erasing his thin bones,", Kim Cheng Boey , single work poetry (p. 59)

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Works about this Work

The 'Swaying Sense of Things' : Boey Kim Cheng and the Poetics of Imagined Transnational Space, Travel, and Movement Angelia Poon , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 5 no. 4 2009;
Author's Abstract: This article discusses the ways in which Singapore-born poet Boey Kim Cheng wrestles with the idea of travel as an inevitable part of poetic being, negotiating with the multiple meanings of place as geographical location, private memory, personal association, and past fragment. While the act of journeying provides Boey with an occasion for poetry, I argue that it is, more crucially, an ambulatory mode of signification that allows him to figure as well as to figure out the complexities of the craft of poetry-writing itself.
The 'Swaying Sense of Things' : Boey Kim Cheng and the Poetics of Imagined Transnational Space, Travel, and Movement Angelia Poon , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 5 no. 4 2009;
Author's Abstract: This article discusses the ways in which Singapore-born poet Boey Kim Cheng wrestles with the idea of travel as an inevitable part of poetic being, negotiating with the multiple meanings of place as geographical location, private memory, personal association, and past fragment. While the act of journeying provides Boey with an occasion for poetry, I argue that it is, more crucially, an ambulatory mode of signification that allows him to figure as well as to figure out the complexities of the craft of poetry-writing itself.
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