I DIDN’T KNOW MANI WAS A CONCEPTUALIST
WINNER OF SINGAPORE LITERATURE PRIZE (ENGLISH POETRY)
WINNER OF NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE GOLD BOOK AWARD (POETRY)
Authored by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist features four prose poem suites, neatly divided into four chapters. The book originated as an experiment in conflating the forms of prose poetry and microfiction, adjusting each vignette’s tenor through the fine balance between lyric and narrative.
“These prose vignettes are clever and defy categories,” Fiona Sze-Lorrain remarks. “They contain a wealth of references across time and cultures, its undercurrent of a tragicomedy so irresistible that it feels like the ‘tongue tasting brown sugar’.”
In his praise for this collection, John Wilkinson writes: “The crystalline structures of I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist precipitate out of Eastern and Western religious and philosophical texts, out of tantra, science fiction, cinema, high art, collage and low camp, out of Singapore, China, Europe and the United States. Beaded through this book, Desmond Kon’s crystals glitter instructively ‘like angels hanging onto tiaras’. Both elegant and extravagant, they thread suspended between prose poem and multiplex narrative, a cubist’s sphere.”
Published by Math Paper Press
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