Category Archives: Essay

Hold Them With a Smile

Emptiness in the Heart of Compassion: Spirituality in the Writings of Cyril Wong. by Stewart Dorward Cyril Wong is one of the most striking and provocative figures in Singaporean literature. His prize winning and acclaimed work encompasses poetry, short stories,

Hold Them With a Smile

Emptiness in the Heart of Compassion: Spirituality in the Writings of Cyril Wong. by Stewart Dorward Cyril Wong is one of the most striking and provocative figures in Singaporean literature. His prize winning and acclaimed work encompasses poetry, short stories,

The Future of Singapore Literature

Lecture by GWEE Li Sui at the double-bill SWF Lecture: Unwritten Country on 5 November 2016. The other lecture was Boey Kim Cheng’s “Reflections of a Returnee”. GWEE is a Singaporean poet, graphic artist, and literary critic.   I have

The Future of Singapore Literature

Lecture by GWEE Li Sui at the double-bill SWF Lecture: Unwritten Country on 5 November 2016. The other lecture was Boey Kim Cheng’s “Reflections of a Returnee”. GWEE is a Singaporean poet, graphic artist, and literary critic.   I have

Special Focus on Justin Chin – Excuse Me, Are You a Singapore Poet?

The critical survey below is the last part of our Special Focus series on Justin Chin. Excuse Me, Are You a Singapore Poet? The Poetry of Justin Chin by Jee Leong Koh     When Justin Chin died on Christmas

Special Focus on Justin Chin – Excuse Me, Are You a Singapore Poet?

The critical survey below is the last part of our Special Focus series on Justin Chin. Excuse Me, Are You a Singapore Poet? The Poetry of Justin Chin by Jee Leong Koh     When Justin Chin died on Christmas

The Bird and the Broom

The Bird and the Broom: the Poetry of R. Nemo Hill by Jee Leong Koh An introduction given at the launch reading of In No Man’s Ear by R. Nemo Hill (Dos Madres Press) on June 2, 2016, at KGB Bar,

The Bird and the Broom

The Bird and the Broom: the Poetry of R. Nemo Hill by Jee Leong Koh An introduction given at the launch reading of In No Man’s Ear by R. Nemo Hill (Dos Madres Press) on June 2, 2016, at KGB Bar,

Sold Out – The Poetry of Bob Hart

Sold Out by Jee Leong Koh   Bob Hart passed away on the morning of August 13, 2014. It was a Saturday. He was 83. Born in 1931, he grew up in Harlem, on 145th Street, 142nd Street, and 158th

Sold Out – The Poetry of Bob Hart

Sold Out by Jee Leong Koh   Bob Hart passed away on the morning of August 13, 2014. It was a Saturday. He was 83. Born in 1931, he grew up in Harlem, on 145th Street, 142nd Street, and 158th

Another Dunkirk: the Poetry of Jason Irwin

Another Dunkirk by Jee Leong Koh   I arrived in America excited to be lost. I was to be a graduate student of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, but what was I really to be? Unknown to me, the

Another Dunkirk: the Poetry of Jason Irwin

Another Dunkirk by Jee Leong Koh   I arrived in America excited to be lost. I was to be a graduate student of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, but what was I really to be? Unknown to me, the

Inbound/Outbound: A Singapore Poet’s Recollections of Boston, With a Playlist

By YONG Shu Hoong   I’m thinking that a pizza parlour might be an appropriate place to start. It is, to me, a way of breaking the ice (well, the temperature was settling just below freezing point that day) and

Inbound/Outbound: A Singapore Poet’s Recollections of Boston, With a Playlist

By YONG Shu Hoong   I’m thinking that a pizza parlour might be an appropriate place to start. It is, to me, a way of breaking the ice (well, the temperature was settling just below freezing point that day) and