Eileen Chong’s second collection of poetry, published in 2014 by Pitt Street Poetry.


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Peony comprises 50 poems in four sections. The title poem, ‘Only A Peony’, pays tribute to the tradition of the peony poem in Chinese literature. The book continues to explore Chong’s interest in place and identity, especially in poems set in Sydney’s cityscapes. The poems, however, transcend the binaries of Singapore and Australia and address the universal themes of tradition and new beginnings.

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What poets say:

“Perhaps Chong’s greatest strength derives from the fact that she is not afraid of feeling, and of capturing it in fitting form and imagery…. Chong’s work offers… a poetry of feeling, rendered in luminous detail and language, alive to the sorrows and joys of daily living.” – Boey Kim Cheng