Parables, Prophets & Pillocks


Cecil Rajendra is a pioneering human rights lawyer and acclaimed poet. He published his first collection of poetry – Embryo – in London in 1965 while still studying law. Parables, Prophets & Pillocks is the Malaysian wordsmith’s 20th collection.

Parables, Prophets & Pillocks is divided into four “testaments” in which run four different themes. The first testament takes on political shenanigans both local and abroad. News reels are echoed in the poems while verses about monk killings, judicial inquiries, Internal Security Act detentions and a quote from a US Marine Corps General are expounded upon.

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