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I Didn't Know Mani was a Conceptualist
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|Author||Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé|
Co-winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 for English Poetry “This collection of poetry by interdisciplinary artist Desmond Kon is an invitation to ‘jump into the spray like raindance’—between musings on philosophy, speech acts and language play, the poet performs the role of conteur, archivist, marionette.... Kon offers eleven ways of looking at a square, a fable, and a republic. What does the world represent for you? he asks in earnest. These prose vignettes are clever and defy categories. They contain a wealth of references across time and cultures, its undercurrent of a tragicomedy so irresistible that it feels like the ‘tongue tasting brown sugar’.” —Fiona Sze-Lorrain, author of Water the Moon “Here is a book few of us think a Singaporean could write! For proof, pick it up and read almost any section/para.... and believe me, you will be astounded! Kon is a consummate artist here, weaving strands of knowledge, wisdom, humor so porously that as readers we are left baffled but wiser, perhaps even sadder. I don’t know how best to describe this book—perhaps the word *fable* might well do the trick! Like the wizards of old, he weaves magic into words seamlessly making us marvel and wonder. This is a book all educated men and women will find thoroughly rewarding and refreshing. A damn good read!” — Kirpal Singh, author of Thinking Hats & Colored Turbans
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