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  • Published: 19 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143572275
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $19.99

Parang




Parang is the second collection of poetry from former Australian Poetry Slam winner Omar Musa. Written over four years, the collection explores Malaysian jungles, dark Australian streets, and dreams.

Parang is the second collection of poetry from former Australian Poetry Slam winner Omar Musa. Written over four years, the collection explores Malaysian jungles, dark Australian streets, and dreams. Dealing with the issues of loss, migration and belonging, Parang is an incisive and sometimes raw look at the here and now of a changing world.

'Parang is as brutal as it is delicate, poems romp between the urban landscape and foreign humidities . . . I love these poems, they are a clarion call to the listless, to take up the parang, or the pen, the instrument or the book and make something happen. A balm for the conflicted, Musa is a rhapsodist like no other.' Tara June Winch, author of Swallow the Air

'Never mind page versus stage, this is poetry: listen.' Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis

  • Pub date: 19 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143572275
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan,
Australia.

He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released four hip hop records, three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published by Penguin Australia in 2014 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

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