Singapore’s Favorite Poem

Shi Han, a Junior College student, nominates as his favorite poem “Stars” by Christine Chia. He writes, “The poem brings me back to my childhood where I would lie flat on my back to count the stars in the night sky. It made me feel insignificant, but at the same time, free.”



Flat on our backs,
the bitumen scuffing
the back of our calves,
the black sky rushed at us
like we were falling upwards
into the sparse stars

by Christine Chia, from The Law of Second Marriages, Math Paper Press



About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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