Walking between Land and Water: Pedestrian Poetics in the Poetry of Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Authors

  • Boey Kim Cheng, University of Newcastle, Australia

Abstract

"Walking between Land and Water" weaves an exploration of the tropes of walking and liminality in the poetry of Shirley Geok-lin Lim into an essay-portrait of the poet at her home in Santa Barbara. It tracks the poet as she takes her daily walk on the beach, and sees how this mundane act furnishes a mobile poetic that articulates the contradictions and complexities of her diasporic history and condition. Focussing on her most recent collection of poems, Walking Backwards, the essay also picks out the major shifts in her work, especially the change to a more transnational key.

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Author Biography

Boey Kim Cheng, University of Newcastle, Australia

Associate Professor Boey Kim Cheng has published five collections of poetry and a travel memoir. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

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Published

2014-06-15

How to Cite

Cheng, University of Newcastle, Australia, B. K. (2014). Walking between Land and Water: Pedestrian Poetics in the Poetry of Shirley Geok-lin Lim. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 8(1), 72–84. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/454

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Articles on Shirley Geok-lin Lim