Aaron Lee Soon Yong
Singapore: Ethos Books, 2014
Coastlands is Aaron Lee's third collection of poetry. Whether in a small town or frenetic city, the poet has never lived far from the sea. This book documents his life experience as a pilgrim still finding his place in the wider world. In these fifty poems he recollects, explores, embraces and anticipates what is lost and found in each of the places he calls home: Malaysia, Singapore and Hawaii. Everywhere, natural and urban landscapes anchor and influence his identity and connect him to humanity.
In ancient writings "coastlands" means the far reaches of the earth -- places accessible only by crossing oceans of unknown magnitude. Truly, life is a voyage from which the traveller never returns.