My thanks to:
Judith Beveridge, who taught me patience, the craft of poetry and the fine art of editing. Stephen Edgar, who proofread the manuscript in return for sushi and cake. Martin Langford and Brook Emery for the Poets Union Youth Fellowship. Anthony Lawrence for being a wonderful mentor. Australian Poetry for their support in getting the book to print. John and Linsay Knight, my new publishers, for the reprint. My parents, John and Diana Chong, for giving the freedom to read instead of completing my Maths and Chinese homework.
And most of all, to Robert Joannides, for believing in me.
For my Grandparents
Chong See Heung and Chin Khoi Foh
Lim Choon Hoe and Yeap Ah Choo