I’m a poet of intangible things, so my audience doesn’t quite exist; their absence is the glare from the newly minted pavement under the unbearable sun where the playground was demolished.
Infinity Diary is a love song to a man, or in the words of T. S. Eliot, ‘private words addressed to [one] in public’. Carefully structured to reflect the many ways in which love between two men can unfold, this volume of poems balances emotionality with meditations on the nature of human relationships. The poetry punctures the sometimes-oppressive reality of life in a hypermodern yet far-from-free city and, through twists and turns, ultimately lifts the reader to a place beyond pleasure and pain. Sensual, anecdotal and, of course, confessional, Infinity Diary charts an evolution in the work of one of Asia’s most intimate English-language poets.
‘[A]n aggressive affirmation, an in-your-face polemic against homophobia, an enraged audit of its destructive impact in personal and broader social terms. After twenty years of poetry, fiction and translations, Wong has established his central position in queer literature, his oeuvre explicated in many an academic account and reaching an international readership well beyond its Singapore locus. . . . This is queer poetry taking a stand. At the same time, it’s a stand that widens out into philosophical and literary preoccupations.’—Michael Freeman, Mekong Review. Read the full review here (beyond paywall).
‘Out of the shadows Wong has fashioned exquisite poetry from alienation.’—Time (Asia)
‘Cyril Wong’s evocative and sensual poems . . . continue to pulsate long after the lights have gone out. They remind me most of the movies of Wong Kar-Wai, the consummate filmmaker of lost love and desire.’—Lewis Warsh, author of Out of the Question
‘Cyril Wong’s poems, clear as water, open our way for wonderful and strange journeys through known and unknown places, places where we feel sure of nothing yet dead sure of everything.’—Clarence Major, winner of 2016 PEN Oakland/Reginald Lockett Lifetime Achievement Award
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