Sean Wai Keung – you are mistaken
Sean Wai Keung has been published in various magazines, journals and anthologies, including Lunar Poetry, The Suburban Review and Blue of Noon. He studied at Roehampton University and the University of East Anglia. He began attending and organising poetry open mics and events in 2013 and was awarded the Farrago Zoo Award for Best Debut Performance in 2014, as well as the Funniest Poem Award as part of the Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2015. you are mistaken is his debut pamphlet and won The Rialto’s first Open Pamphlet Competition.
I loved these poems for their simultaneous sense of puzzlement and wisdom about the world, and specifically the things Sean Wai Keung has to say about ethnicity, mixedness and ancestry. They are formally adventurous, political and risky, traversing the ground from ancient Chinese philosophy to internet pornography. In one poem the narrator breaks down in a bookshop, begging the proprietor for poetry, a detail which gives a sense of these poems’ urgency and humour. I’m delighted The Rialto will be publishing this new strong voice.
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Wire bound pamphlet, 36pp including cover.