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From A (Undesirable ) Diary

From A (Undesirable ) Diary


Jason Wee’s fourth poetry collection is an imaginative reconstruction of a history of permission and prohibition in the Malayan Peninsula. Through excerpts from a fictive publisher’s diary, Wee trace encounters and negotiations with the censor and the censored, beginning just before the implementation of the laws against ‘undesirable publications.’ The central section carries us into the difficulties of making literature in the present, each diary entry a record of single painful incidents, each a study of our acts of reading both the printed word and the world. The devastating final section acknowledges the history of books and bookmaking as a history of foreclosures, while staying alert to art’s possibilities.

SKU: 978-981-18-9108-3
  • Technical Specifications

    Title: From A (Undesirable) Diary

    Subtitle: Poems

    Author: Jason Wee

    Co-publishers: Dakota Books / Temporary Press

    ISBN: 978-981-18-9108-3
    Book size: 115mmW x 180mmH closed, 305mmW x 180mmH (open with cover flaps)

    Pages: 144

    Weight: 150 gm

    Year: 2023

    Language: English
    Finish: Paperback
    Genre: Poetry

  • About the Author

    Jason is an artist and the author of three previous poetry collections, including the Singapore Literature Prize finalist ‘An Epic of Durable Departures’ and the Gaudy Boy Poetry Prize

    finalist ‘In Short, Future Now’. For over fifteen years, he founded and runs Grey Projects, an artist library and art space in Tiong Bahru, Singapore. He is the 2023 Asymmetry Foundation Scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • What Others Say

    ‘Jason Wee’s vision of a “post-super-future Asia” is hypnotic and, in its page-turning allure, resonates with trance-inducing vibes. … Wee assembles words and lines into a living script that shifts world order.’

    Singapore Literature Prize Judges’ Citation for In Short, Future Now


    ‘It testifies to the power of the lyric voice to not just be, but to be-with.

    This is a poetry of solidarity and of deep listening.’

    Singapore Literature Prize finalist citation for An Epic of Durable Depatures.

    ‘an exceptional debut poetry collection [The Monsters Between Us] … ambitious, gripping…’

     Today newspaper, Top art picks of the year.

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