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This Is Not A Safety Barrier: An Anthology of Poetry & Photography

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edited by Marc Nair and Yen Phang

The city has never been ours; it is fleeting, a collection of habits and faint peals of laughter from glass towers.

The old rivers are covered up, disinfected, bricked. Still we flood, still we rumble our dissent; insufficient to overtake taste buds, just enough to tempt.

We are labels, numbers, we are queues. We are yes-men of yesterday’s news, multi-racial at convenient moments, diverse on GRC posters, silent when it counts.

The photograph questions our intent, the gaze an outstretched palm holding a question that need not be answered.

The poem, when set against the tarmac of public sentiment, becomes a cracked window letting in shards of concrete light, a certain discomfiture.

Our borders are porous; the search for identity, more so.

This Is Not A Safety Barrier is an anthology of 113 poems and photographs from 69 contributors.