Boey Kim Cheng's Poetry
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Boey Kim Cheng - 'The Planners' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Boey Kim Cheng’s ‘The Planners’.
‘The Planners’ is about feelings of displacement and disconnection, because places that would have given a sense of belonging have been destroyed. Themes of place, memory, travel, past, family.
Boey Kim Cheng (1965) – Singapore-born Australian poet, of Chinese descent. Grew disillusioned with state of literary and cultural politics in Singapore and moved to Sydney. Won several poetry prizes and is highly regarded. Lee Tzu Pheng said of him: “I think he’s the finest poet we’ve ever produced. The themes and existentialism of his writing, I’ve never seen anyone in Singapore who could write like that.” Poems reflect sense of restlessness about his life in Singapore, the growth and economic success of which he believes were achieved at a cost.
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