As Though the Gods Love Us by Goh Poh SengAs Though the Gods Love Us by Goh Poh Seng

As Though the Gods Love Us

byGoh Poh Seng

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In As Though The Gods Love Us, Goh brings a lifetime of love, despair and passion to his work with the skill of a master craftsman. Amidst some of the world's most exotic locales, he uses graceful and lyrical language to understand his world and to bring us closer to ourselves and each other. From Vancouver neighbourhoods to the tropical darkness of a night in Bali, Goh's sensibility touches both people and landscapes, ranging in tone from the epic and political to the intimate and personal.

Hailed as "one of Asia's finest living poets" (Asia Magazine), Goh Poh Seng published his first Canadian book of poetry, The Girl from Ermita: Selected Poems in 1998. As Though the Gods Love Us collects Goh's recent writings since his immigration to Canada. Honest and thoughtful, this is a collection that reflects Goh's experiences as a peripatetic physician who has become intimate with many of the world's cultures, most recently British Columbia's.

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Goh Poh Seng was born in Malaya in 1936. He received his medical degree from University College in Dublin, and practised medicine in Singapore for twenty-five years. Goh's first novel, If We Dream Too Long, won the National Book Development Council of Singapore's Fiction Book Award and has been translated into Russian and Tagalog. His ...
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Title:As Though the Gods Love UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.36 inPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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As I Walk ByA premonition of fall alreadyinforms this hot summer's dayalthough the small, small leavesof the rows of tall, old Chinese elmslining Sixth Avenuenear my home,have yet to commence their dancewhich they do,when they do it, with such an old-fashionedsedateness and grace, that is so pleasing to watchwhen the wind comes to woo.Then the leaves will shed hoardsOf shadows onto the ground,creating a growing umbragedeep as the seain order to capture meas I walk by.The Fall RainTrees in our neighbourhood shiver in cold, grey rain,last remaining foliage in a state of deshabille for late fall.Streetwalkers working their beat on nearby Hastings and Victoriaare rain-soaked, shivering in flimsy, revealing dresses.Each year I wonder, will they all survive the oncoming winter?

Table of Contents

As Though the Gods Love Us
As Though the Gods Love Us
Testament
Driving Through Snow in Gros Morne Park
Sleepless in Bali
Of Gods and Men
Pulau Hujong
Inheritance
Night Rain
Appraising Heaven
For My Grandson, Kio Koon
Waiting for Love
Palimpest
Parkinson's Disease
Lately, the Going's Hard
Riding the No.9 Bus
A Christmas Tale from San Miguel de Allende
As I Walk By
On the Beach by Spanish Banks
The Fall Rain
Cruising to Alaska
Song of Paranoia
Drowning
Fruits

from Eyewitness
Evening at the Beach
The Staying Echo
Big City Evening Song
Scoresheet
The Nothing New
Sleeping Figure
Lament
By the Sea at Sarimboon
With a Friend
As a Wind
Love, a Bird
Pastoral
The Long Shore
Holiday

from Lines from Batu Ferringhi
First Day - Tuesday,16th July, 1974
Second Day - Wednesday, 17th July, 1974

from Fragments from Ramayana
Ramayana: Overture
Ramayana: Rama Exiled to Dankaka Forest
Ramayana: Surpanakha Spurned

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He’s considered one of the greatest Asian poets. As Though the Gods Love Us is a collection of Goh Poh Seng’s works written since his immigration to Canada. From Newfoundland to British Columbia, he takes readers on a journey through his personal experiences in Canada.

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Praise for Goh Poh Seng:Dr. Goh Poh Seng ... novelist, short story writer, playwright doctor of medicine, and certainly, one of Asia's finest living poets.--Asia MagazineHis talent is the most promising Malaysia and Singapore have between them.--Drama Review, New YorkHis work has a very special atmosphere and flavour and philosophy of its own, which particularly appeals to me since I have lived out here (Asia) for a long time. He is highly regarded.--The Observer, Dennis Bloodworth