Professions (2016)

Poems — Singapore: Ten Year Series, an imprint of Math Paper Press

At the very start of us, I foresaw
every possible ending.

Professions is a poet's directory of heartbreak. The backbone of this collection is a cycle of fractured relationships, where professional preoccupations tear lovers apart as distrust and incomprehension brew. Set against this are glimpses of indestructible intimacy — between a mother, a granddaughter, and a friend.

Amanda Chong's poems observe the doomed practice of the heart: solitary experiences, never fully nor mutually understood until too late.

(Shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018)


"In profuse ways, Professions serves as poetic Bildungsroman, as an earnest testament to cherished glimpses of childhood and youth, marking the poet’s emergence into a world that is strange and unfamiliar even as it brims with radiant possibilities... some of Chong’s most remarkable poems feature love not as romance or eros but as an unshakable affection for family and friends."  — Ow Yeong Wai Kit



about the imprint

Ten Year Series is an editorial imprint managed by Sing Lit Station, specialising in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by Singaporean authors. It seeks to apply Singapore-style structural discipline to the making of a manuscript. Founded in 2015, the Ten Year Series imprint primarily selects work that has progressed through a multi-month peer-driven workshopping process. It then forges it in the crucible of Manuscript Bootcamp, an intensive editorial programme that provides input and feedback from publishers, academics, editors, journalists and writers prior to publication. Find out more at

About the Publisher

Math Paper Press, an imprint of BooksActually, is a small press publisher of poetry, new wave novellas, full-length novels, and essays. Its eclectic range of literary and visual works also includes photography collections, memoirs and young adult fiction. Math Paper Press also distributes books by selected small presses.