Category Archives: Poetry

A river rears up

  Jen Crawford’s Koel opens with a call, a call not of the insistent summoning variety but a calling forth of variety itself. This first poem in the collection, “Abandoned House Music”, is full of the vibrancy that makes up

A river rears up

  Jen Crawford’s Koel opens with a call, a call not of the insistent summoning variety but a calling forth of variety itself. This first poem in the collection, “Abandoned House Music”, is full of the vibrancy that makes up

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,

Giving Ground

  Theophilus Kwek’s 2011 debut, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue, had announced the arrival of a unique and authentic voice who wrote beyond the usual tropes that have come to be identified with Singaporean writing: identity, memory, nostalgia, victimhood,

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Feature: Swamp Vignette

Swamp Vignette is a floating piece, quite appropriately following ancient poets’ paths of wandering. Swamp Vignette is floating a bit further ahead, outside of the current literary consumer world, where a book is “a written text that can be published

Me Migrant

  The first two instalments of the Migrant Workers’ Poetry Competition, held in 2014 and 2015, have brought into focus an entire community of writers who previously escaped the attentions of Singapore’s wider reading public.  The Competition represents an essential

Me Migrant

  The first two instalments of the Migrant Workers’ Poetry Competition, held in 2014 and 2015, have brought into focus an entire community of writers who previously escaped the attentions of Singapore’s wider reading public.  The Competition represents an essential

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with

Between Word and World

With these new collections, 2015 has proven a particularly rich year for poets writing against the geographically and culturally Anglo-Saxon grain of the English language. All three poets slip between loved languages, confronting readers of British poetry not only with

How many voices are in here?

  Wallace Stevens once remarked on the inevitability, the necessity, of “the transposition of an objective reality to a subjective reality” in poetry and identified the relationship between “reality and the sensibility of the poet” as rooted in precisely this

How many voices are in here?

  Wallace Stevens once remarked on the inevitability, the necessity, of “the transposition of an objective reality to a subjective reality” in poetry and identified the relationship between “reality and the sensibility of the poet” as rooted in precisely this

Desde Hong Kong

  An unexpected collection, both in purpose and origin, Desde Hong Kong has turned out to be a surprising achievement. First, the premise: Desde Hong Kong is occasioned by the 2014 centennial celebration of Octavio Paz’s birth. Couched as “poets

Desde Hong Kong

  An unexpected collection, both in purpose and origin, Desde Hong Kong has turned out to be a surprising achievement. First, the premise: Desde Hong Kong is occasioned by the 2014 centennial celebration of Octavio Paz’s birth. Couched as “poets