A book of poems that summons the experience of life, Discourse with Birds weaves through the universal themes of love, loss, reconciliation against the fabric of everyday life.
Within these pages Liew Suet Fun ruminates, with humour and wit, on the vagaries of the Malaysian experience. Balik Kampung speaks of tradition of home-coming so passionately observed by Malaysians, Name explores the conundrum of adopting western names in lieu of birth names while Malaysian recognises that the desire for a harmonious society is a shared aspiration:
“We knew his words
For they are the same
Carved on our hearts”.
There are also poignant and resonating moments of loss; loss of a beloved dog, a friend’s daughter, a mother. There are celebratory moments of joy, of revelation and reconciliation. And there are birds of course, winging through the book; a nightjar, and owl and a magpie with messages of love, dreams and eternal hope, however elusive.
Lean and lyrical, Discourse with Birds is a collection of verse that is welcoming and warm, filled with such wit as to entertain and enough wisdom to enlighten.