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Arthur Yap published four major collections of poetry: only lines (1971), commonplace (1977), down the line (1980), and man snake apple & other poems (1986); and contributed a section of poetry in the anthology Five Takes (1974). These five publications are now out-of-print. The Collected Poems of Arthur Yap gathers the entire corpus of Arthur Yap’s poems, including his “vignettes” and other poems, in a single volume for the first time. His work is notable for word play, original use of Singlish, and commentary on the values and priorities expressed by ordinary people in everyday situations. To this day, Yap’s influence continues to impact the local literary and arts scene.

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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Preface
  2. Jenny Yap & Irving Goh
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Credits
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  1. Relia: A Short Introduction to the Poetry of Arthur yap
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  1. on offal
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  1. VIGNETTES
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  1. the correctness of flavour
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  1. MAN SNAKE APPLE
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  1. man snake apple
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  1. DOWN THE LINE
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  1. a family movie
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  1. the mouth
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  1. in memory of) anthony
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  1. fog sculpture by fujiko nakaya, the domain
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  1. a family visit
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  1. the centre
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  1. here then...
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  1. i think (a book of changes)
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  1. a vicious circle
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  1. COMMONPLACE
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  1. black & white
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  1. everything’s coming up numbers
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  1. on reading a current bestseller
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  1. inventory
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  1. a circle
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  1. opening day
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  1. letter from a youth to hisprospective employer
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  1. still life: woman with birds at richmond
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  1. a scene
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  1. tones
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  1. FIVE TAKES
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  1. ONLY LINES
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  1. balancing sounds
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  1. seasonal
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  1. Contributors
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971698003
Related ISBN
9789971696535
MARC Record
OCLC
887538181
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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