Life Happens | Malachi Edwin Vethamani
Paperback, 158 words
Subjects: Poetry, Malaysia
Publisher: Maya Press
"Simplicity of language and phrase-making are the hallmarks of Malachi Edwin Vethamani's poetry. Feelings, events, non-events, happenings - Life Happens as a natural course of action - and he records them with sensitivity that only an acute poet's eye and ear can do. More importantly, he explores important issues such as the complications and fractures of longing, heartbreak, exile and sexuality in Malaysian society."
-Sudeep Sen, author of EroText and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry
"As with Edwin's first collection, the poems in Life Happens are deceptively simple. Read with patience and reflected upon afterwards, they reveal a depth and richness of the poet's engagement with life i.e. with people, and even with creatures and other alive things. The best poems in the collection deal with human encounters. The existential meanings that these poems point to do need to be pondered on. In our time when it becomes the fashion for poets to write poems which are so highly intellectualized that they tend towards being intellectual/cultural puzzles rather than poems, and for poets to speak as 'poems' the first things that enters their heads, we should be grateful for someone like Edwin who does the old fashion thing, writing simply and from the heart."
Wong Phui Nam, Malaysian poet