Though barely 30 pages thick, this chapbook eludes to why Maung Day is one of the most formidable poets of his generation. Boundaries and borders are crossed with impunity as he collides the village with outer space; the absurd with the real and the pretend into a at times disconcerting, relentless, explosion of thought where, in his own words and perhaps as a form of apology, responsibility is cast off and blame is marvellously laid to rest at the feet of others: ‘I chained my monkey to the table, fed him and made him write this poem’.
Author: Maung Day
Publisher: The Eras Publishing House
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)