Burning Rice


Eileen Chong’s first collection of poetry, published in 2012 with Australian Poetry, and reissued by Pitt Street Poetry in 2013.


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Eileen Chong’s impressive debut collection of 30 poems was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award 2012 for a first book, the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013, and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2013. The poems explore Chong’s origins in Singapore, her ancestry from China, and her new home of Australia. The book is a prescribed Literature text on the Higher School Certificate English Syllabus for New South Wales 2019-2023.

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What poets say:

“The poems in Burning Rice pull you in with their sumptuous images and seductive memories. Eileen Chong’s poetry is a gift of the interconnection of past and present, the personal and the communal. She has an astute ability to let objects and events assume emblematic implication, and she can incite the imagination through her remarkable ability to find the ore seams in everyday experience.” – Judith Beveridge