Through a Glass Darkly

April 30, 2014


This review of Yong Shu Hoong’s The Viewing Party appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Volume 13.2 (2014).


Yong is writing a genuine poetry of the technical gaze. This is finally clear in The Viewing Party, which is not hard to discern, within pages, as his best work yet. If the slimness of his last volume hinted unwittingly at lethargy, this book should set our hearts at ease. The Viewing Party is not just Yong’s most generous collection to date, but it is, in many ways, a comeback: a reinvention of himself by doing a Yong-esque thing, by touring his safe kingdom of well-possessed experiences. But what is showcased here — free verse, prose poems, flash fiction, fragments, and a poetic story — arrives from a parallel universe. These works span the same decades as his earlier published collections, and yet they have attained varying degrees of invisibility and absence.


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