Poetic Entropy: A collection of poetry – S$22.00

From the winner of the 2017 Migrant and Refugee Competition. See more in The Star, Head Topics and BFM

‘Poetry mugged me in a narrow alley, poetry smacked me to death… kicked me and slapped me and shook my head violently. Ripped my heart out, drained my eyes of their tears, and then went away!’

Since I was a child I have always written about the future, but this book is about the past, and for the past, for the memory of the past. It embraces Kuala Lumpur, as she has embraced the poems in this book. Poetic Entropy is not about me, but about everything around me, the poems inside celebrate love and despair, home and exile, memories and friendships. Poetic Entropy seeks to return to the spontaneity of words and language, after they have been domesticated by etiquette. This book believes that poetry is the entropy of our conversations.

‘This is a timely and important collection . . .written by a poet in the great tradition of Arabic poetry. This marks a new Malaysian voice, written in our reality, wrought from the pain of the past, now present among us.’ Bernice Chauly

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  • Title: Poetic Entropy
  • Author: Mwaffaq Al-Hajjar
  • ISBN: 9789670311456
  • Book Size: 140.0mm x 210.0mm
  • Weight: 215g
  • No. of pages: 120pp
  • Price: S$22.00 (before tax)
  • Year: 2019
  • Finish: Paperback
  • Published by: Gerakbudaya
  • Printing: B/W
  • Genre: Poetry

Additional information

Weight 215 g
Dimensions 14.0 × 21.0 cm


Established in 2000, and nominated for 2020’s Prix Voltaire, Gerakbudaya is a publisher and distributor of books that embody social awareness, critical and alternative perspectives, and the hidden histories of Malaysia, Southeast Asia and the wider world we live in.

Gerakbudaya is dedicated to the circulation of timely and important books, to breaking down artificial barriers between writers/thinkers and between institutions and the outside world, and generating informed discussions on important issues in Malaysian life by providing different views and fresh insights.

As a publisher, alongside our academic imprint Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), we are committed to publishing original and thought provoking books which produce a critical awareness of Malaysian politics, history, culture and society.

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