Love and Loss


Author: Malachi Edwin Vethamani
ISBN: 9789832737643
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Maya Press

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These short poems pulse with tensions between “I and You,” bodies and minds. Opening with rejoicing union in Being, they play complications of non-binary love in tolling, as Donne wrote, that “no man is an island.” Becoming his “own man,” the poet claims variations of loneliness, I without You, wryly, with self-conscious humour, “sipping gin, having run out of tonic.” Read these poems for their tonic effect on your spirits! Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Barbara, poet, fictionist and memoirist

Deceptively simple and ingenuous, Malachi Edwin’s unpretentious poems risk schmaltz by taking on the largest topic of love: what love can still mean in our age of political correctness, especially in the less knowable ways in which love transcends the body and the interpersonal self. Cyril Wong, poet and fictionist

Edwin’s poems map out of the condition of modern love in this country. It is a comprehensive map of 21st century love and its losses and failures. Wong Phui Nam, poet and critic

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