This is a country built with
Glass, cut thick but light
Even the sun remains at night
In concrete of reasons.
What it means to be transparent –
Clean, cleaned, always clear
Of knots of fresh air.

Sand, she says, a wedding by
sea, where my horizon lies,
beyond yours and dissolves;
I want it to feel right,
to be unveiled in a flash of white,
before the vow tucks in and sleeps
in complete retreat.

Felix Cheong is the author of 11 books, including four volumes of poetry and a collection of short stories, Vanishing Point, which was longlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Award. His latest, Singapore Siu Dai, is a trilogy of flash fiction satirising life, politics and mannerisms of the Lion City. Conferred the Young Artist of the Year for Literature in 2000 by the National Arts Council, Cheong has been invited to read at writers’ festivals all over the world: Edinburgh, West Cork, Austin, Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur, Ubud and Hong Kong. Cheong, who holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Queensland, is currently an adjunct lecturer with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle and LASALLE College of the Arts.