Between Stations: Essays

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Giramondo Publishing, 2009 - Australia - 320 pages
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Kim Chen Boey writes a travel memoir which explores the condition of the migrant writer, living between the place of his birth, his adopted country, and the wider world; between the past and the present; between the city he is in, and the cities that live in his memory and imagination. The book maps his trajectory through India, China, Pakistan, to Egypt and Morocco, during the year of his wandering between his native Singapore and his new home in Berowra. His essays offer memorable portraits of his parents and grandparents, friends and teachers, barbers and backpackers, the handicapped and the poor. Boey is a poet and he brings poetic sensibility to make this writing of the most powerful kind.
 

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Born in Singapore in 1965, Kim Cheng Boey is a poet and senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Newcastle. In what is ostensibly a travel memoir, Between Stations' dominant and ... Read full review

Contents

O Calcutta 1 Rambling on My Mind
1
Hungry Ghost
41
Hair and
59
Dust and Silverfish Memories
73
Remembering Du
81
Passing Snapshots
93
Change Alley
115
Waiting in Kashgar
127
Guantanamera
211
Something Fine
227
Father Son and Holy Ghost
237
Last Cigarettes
249
Burning White Christmas
263
Place of Many Winds
273
Between Stations
281
Glossary
295

The Smell of Memory 169 My Best Friend
169
My Alexandria
181
Homeless at Taba
197

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