Spare a Thought For Our Poems

January 26, 2010 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Ng Yi-Sheng, author of last boy, a debut book of poetry that won the 2008 Singapore Literature Prize, writes about the strange phenomenon of poetry taking over the Singapore literary scene, but still being neglected by the public:

Poetry in Singapore is alive and well, not just because of our preference for bite-sized creations, but because poets are working hard to make themselves heard. Thus, we’ve got communities, not only of writers, but also of readers, willing to support us as well as the newer poets who emerge year after year.

But not everything’s hunky-dory. First, the media aren’t that interested in us. Just take a look at the coverage of the Singapore Writers Festival in 2009. Several news sources zoomed in on short-story writers Wena Poon (Lions in Winter) and O Thiam Chin (Never Been Better) as evidence of Singapore’s emergent literary scene. The fact that someone like the poet Felix Cheong was launching his collected works was pretty much ignored—as was the fact that poets have been the driving force behind many aspects of the festival.

Read the full post at Eric Forbes’ blog Book Addict’s Guide to Good Books.


Entry filed under: Singapore Lit.

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