Par­adise

Time­less

Asian Geographic - - Front Page - By Boey Kim Cheng

It has slipped the la­bo­ri­ous arcs of trade-routes, seal­ing the spices’ scent from fer­ret­ing ships, sit­ting be­yond the itinerary’s tele­scope. Only when the mind has peeled off rea­son and his­tory will you see it, and per­haps then give away all these cloud-capped tow­ers and Utama’s crown for a place where we can be­gin again, in the op­po­site di­rec­tion from what we are. BOEY KIM CHENG (1965 – present) is an ac­claimed Sin­ga­porean poet whose publi­ca­tions com­prise a por­tion of the lit­er­a­ture syl­labus for univer­sity en­trance ex­ams in the city state. His works deal with feel­ings of dis­place­ment and nos­tal­gia in the mod­ern metropo­lis, trig­gered by its rapid trans­for­ma­tion from a pre-1965 Bri­tish trad­ing port at the sac­ri­fice of her­itage and his­tory.

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