Forthcoming in October 2020
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.
‘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
‘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
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