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This poem draws attention to what has always been a central motif in his body of writings across the decades - travelling. It also contains many other aspects, such as his childhood memories, his experiences with development, friendship, language, his contention with academic theories, and his thoughts on culture and diversity. It represents the organic totality of Thumboo’s interests and holds the range of his experiences extremely well, allowing us to look back on a poet’s lifetime of development and negotiations between linguistic and external challenges.
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2011. The original work (c) Edwin Thumboo, 2008.