This anthology contains the winning entries of the Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015 and 2016 as well as all the finalists. It contains poetry of migrant workers and refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tagalog and Hakha Chin, with accompanying English translations.
The Migrant and Refugee Poetry Competition demonstrates the real need for voices from the fringes of Malaysian society, reflective in the work of these migrant poets who portray the influence of the mighty literary traditions from their countries of origin.
Author of Once We Were There, Onkalo and Growing up with Ghosts
These are poems not about migrants and refugees but by migrants and refugees. They remind us that poetry cannot be thought of as an elite activity, and that people of all backgrounds – national, cultural, ethnic, class, gender, and generation – have come naturally to poetry in times of crisis, struggle, and confusion.
Sharmani Patricia Gabriel
Professor of English, Universiti Malaya